- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - David Letterman is teasing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about the pedestrian plazas his administration has built in the heart of Manhattan.

The billionaire mayor on Wednesday taped his first interview on Letterman’s “Late Show.” Letterman asked the mayor why he has turned Broadway into a “petting zoo.”

Parts of Broadway in Times Square and in Herald Square have been closed to vehicles to open more space for people.

The pedestrian plazas are aimed at making the nation’s largest city greener, safer and less congested. They feature landscaping, cafe tables and benches.

Letterman and Bloomberg talked about politics, the mosque planned near ground zero, the economy and even rats and bedbugs.

The CBS program airs at 11:35 p.m. EDT.

(This version CORRECTS time of show to EDT, not EST.)

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