Lets pretend that whatever idea you have gets implemented.
So here would be my 1st endeavor as super mayor.
Times Square is over crowded. Even when they complete the pedestrian stuff there will be way more people than needed to support a lively atmosphere and drive business. I wondered to myself what these people were actually doing. There is simply not enough things to do in Times Square to support the amount of people going there. I would push for another location for a times square type place in another part of the island. Even if this place pull 25% of the crowd it would be enough to drive massive business. South Street seaport area could work realistically, but since in this scenario I get whatever I want I would take all of 2 bridges area.
Yep. I would turn the entire area between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge into a leisure/ commercial retail. We would need to improve transit to that location, but it would be ideal for people in lower manhattan and brooklyn to get to. Also the area is woefully underdeveloped so I would be able to get rid of alot of crap. The area would be associated with one of the world most Iconic landmarks (Brooklyn bridge) and in the shadow of WTC. Some of the nicer older buildings would convert nicely to pubs and such, everything else must burn.
There would be not restrictions on anything zoning wise. If a dev wants to plaster the building with giant led screens, so be it. If the dev things it is a good idea to building a 1700 foot tower, more power to them. But as the all powerful super mayor I would ensure the infrastructure exist to make it work. Offer some tax rebates for retail space, theaters, and general leisure attractions to get the ball rolling, and then let the free market do its thing.
This would make Lower Manhattan more attractive without sending herds of tourist into the financial district and such. There would be a net gain of tourism, Times Square may lose some people, but I am pretty sure it could lose about 30% of the crowd and not feel the pain. Send that 30% down here, then add some people who would come here but not times square based on location and you have a total net gain. It would also boost tourism in Chinatown and Little Italy, but I bet east Village would be pissed off by all of the addition tourist coming down this direction.