Commend Broadway for Increasing Handicap Accessibility

2-4-14 Broadway Accessible Theaters

Target: Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York

Goal: Commend recent Broadway resolution to make theaters more handicap accessible

In a recent resolution between the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Broadway Nederlander Organization, an important project to increase handicap accessibility has begun. Previously, people with handicaps—especially those in wheelchairs or walkers—could be turned away from a show because there wasn’t space to accommodate them in narrow aisles and poor signage used to convey pathways or availability for those with disabilities. Now, nine theaters have agreed to fix 500 documented accessibility issues within their buildings. Commend the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, Preet Bharara, and the Nederlander Organization for making this positive change so all can enjoy the beautiful art of live theater.

These changes will take places across concession counters, restrooms, waiting areas, and box offices with the goal of making these spaces easily accessible for all. The renovations will begin almost immediately and will continue for the next three years. By the time the work is completed, an additional 70 wheelchair-accessible seats will be added and offer 134 aisle seats which will be set aside as priority seats for individuals with disabilities.

These renovations, in combination with a 2003 resolution, will alter 20 Broadway theaters in becoming much more handicap friendly. In this age, it is ridiculous that people could be turned away from an evening of music and magic simply because they have different physical needs than a fellow patron of the arts. Sign this petition to say thank you to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY and the Nederlander Organization for making the arts more accessible to all.


Dear U.S. Attorney Bharara,

It recently came to my attention that the Nederlander Organization agreed to make 500 renovations in their theaters on Broadway to become more accessible to those with physical handicaps. I know that this was in large part due to your tireless efforts to reach this resolution and enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I want to thank you for your dedicated work to making the arts more available to all.

Under this resolution, 70 wheelchair-accessible seats will be added, and the 134 aisle seats will be given priority for people with disabilities. As I’m sure you are aware, this is a wonderful step forward for those who desire to attend a Broadway show but perhaps need a walker or wheelchair. It will also increase the accessibility of concession counters, waiting areas, restrooms, and box offices.

Thank you for your determination to uphold the ADA and for fighting for people to be able to attend a wonderful night of theater regardless of their physical abilities.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Martin Durrschnabel

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