But the bus bulbs along Lower Broadway  haven't been living up to their full potential. In order to allow water to flow normally into drains, DOT had to leave a gap between the old sidewalk and the new bus bulb. Then they had to put up a fence along the sidewalk side of the bus bulb, presumably so no one would fall into the gap. What that left you with was an island of cement cut off from the busy sidewalks of SoHo, a waste of pedestrian space.
It looks like that's a thing of the past, however. By installing a grate over the gutter, rain can fall where it needs to and pedestrians can safely cross between sidewalk and sidewalk extension. That means the fences are coming down and benches are going up.
Moving uptown, we've written about the disappointing plans for the Second Avenue, which will switch from a protected lane to a curbside lane  between 14th and 23rd Streets. But that doesn't make it any less exciting to see the protected portion get striped. Here's your newest protected lane: