Stephen Wilkinson, still keeping up with change in NYC even though relocated to YVR, sends along this:
Times Square Redesign
More photos here.
This is not the part of Times Square to the north that was previously pedestrianized – the location of the red-stepped TKTS booth. It’s the southern part of the bow-tie. And if you need an explanation, go this Price Tags on Times Square, published in 2009, when the above was all asphalt.