Straus Square

‘Mr. Robot’ Brought a Tower of Trash to Straus Square Last Night

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:12 am

Did you see that massive pile of junk sitting in Straus Square? In case you were wondering, the tower of trash, so to speak, was actually set dressing for the Mr. Robot film shoot that happened around Seward Park yesterday. “No Parking” signs posted in the vicinity alerted residents to the show’s alias, “The Norwich […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Posted June 16, 2017 at 5:00 am

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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The Lower East Side Partnership Wants to Create a ‘Pedestrian Plaza’ Alongside Straus Square

Posted May 9, 2017 at 9:36 am

Another land grab afoot? Straus Square, the concrete island memorial at the confluence of Canal, Rutgers, and East Broadway, is now in the crosshairs of the Lower East Side Partnership. It appears the business improvement district hopes to install another pedestrian plaza on the eastern terminus of Canal Street, near the entrance to Seward Park. […]

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Donald Trump’s ‘Chocolate Cake’ Quote Appears on Seward Park Fence

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

It was revealed last week that President Trump was scarfing down the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when he ordered the air strike (59 Tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian airfield earlier this month. He was dining at his Mar-a-Lago country club with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the time. […]

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Parks Department Finally Repairs Straus Square War Memorial

Posted March 14, 2016 at 5:18 am

All it took was a bit of public shaming to mobilize the Parks Department into fixing the war memorial erected in Straus Square. You’ll recall that one of the chain-linked stone supports ringing the cylindrical tribute had been upturned before Christmas and left for dead. Nothing was done for three months, despite the fact that […]

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How Long Before Parks Department Fixes the Straus Square Memorial?

Posted March 8, 2016 at 5:18 am

It’s been three months since one of the stone posts ringing the cylindrical Straus Square war memorial was uprooted. While explanation behind its knock-out is not confirmed, one thing is. Parks Department doesn’t seem to care. The damage first went down right before Christmas, and went unnoticed for weeks. Then came the yellow crime scene tape, […]

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Rice Noodle Cart Returns to Rutgers Street After Hiatus

Posted August 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

As roadwork eases in Straus Square, a morning institution returns to Rutgers Street. The uber-popular Chinese “Rice Noodle Cart” – long a mainstay at the corner of East Broadway – resumed service on Wednesday morning. Its designated sidewalk square had been gobbled up as part of the staging area for the reconstruction of Straus Square, […]

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$6.5M Straus Square Traffic Safety Project is Underway

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like that “Safe Routes to Schools” capital works project is back on track. There had been a hiatus for the better part of the last six months when ground-break first commenced. As of this week, however, the Department of Design and Construction resumed work on phase one of the $6.5 million initiative. The construction […]

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Preliminary Roadwork Begins Ahead of $6.5M Safety Project in Straus Square

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Over the weekend, a small detachment of contractors excavated the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. The small job was a so-called test pit for new catch basin infrastructure ahead of a $6.5 million capital works initiative by the Department of Design and Construction called “Safe Routes to Schools.” As previously reported, Phase I […]

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Straus Square Ready for $6.5M Safety Upgrade as Part of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ Initiative

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:19 pm

In an overall bid to increase and implement “school safety” street improvements, the city will soon embark on a capital construction project to retool Straus Square in Chinatown/Lower East Side. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the $6.5 million push – dubbed “Safe Routes to Schools” – which includes changes such as reconstructing […]

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