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Is This Parking Sign Less Confusing Than the Status Quo?

Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

Nearly two years ago, the city first began swapping its stock of parking signage with something way simpler. Rollout has been slow downtown, though. The Lower East Side just started receiving within the last six months or so. But not everyone is on board with the new designs. Or any of the previous designs, for […]

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DOT Tears Up the Bowery for ‘Upgrades’ in Traffic Configuration Near Delancey

Posted June 4, 2014 at 6:02 am

Measurements and markings appeared on the Bowery last week; the DOT began ripping up the roadway on Monday. First on the docket is the median between Delancey and Spring Streets, jackhammered into submission and already showing signs of progress. However, thanks to these new DOT upgrades, one block is now without an operational fire hydrant. […]

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East River Esplanade at Pike Street Debuts with Exercise Equipment and Basketball Courts

Last modified May 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

Many moons ago, the NYC Economic Development Corp. outlined its goal to create a “node of activity along the East River that reflects the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood and serves both local residents and visitors to the Esplanade.” The Pike Slip bulkhead finally received its “park life” treatment along this historic tidal strait. Well, the […]

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Astor Place Redesign Makes a Mess of Cooper Square [PHOTOS]

Posted May 21, 2014 at 6:06 am

Cooper Square is a mess. More so than usual, as the “big dig” here has begun. Just last month, the statue of a sedentary Peter Cooper was boxed up while renovations on his eponymous block proceeded (the plywood is already tagged). Teardown of the twin forks of Cooper Square followed shortly thereafter, and the area is now […]

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Delancey Sidewalk Collapse Finally Fixed After 3 Years of Waiting

Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:18 am

We had to wipe the allergy-induced crust from our eyes to make sure we were seeing properly. As would you, if passing the southeast corner of Delancey and Essex Streets. Yes, the plywood perimeter first constructed in January 2011 is finally a thing of the past. Fresh sidewalk was poured last week outside the Olympic […]

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Protected Bike Lane Debuts on Lafayette Street

Posted April 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

Cyclists have cause for celebration today. The protected bike lane and reconfigured traffic flow along Lafayette Street/Fourth Avenue are now operational. DOT crews painted the northbound pavement lime green last Thursday; the figurines and traffic symbols were embedded yesterday. But this is New York City, and there are still plenty of motorists who don’t give […]

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Lafayette Street in the Running to Receive Protected Bike Lane

Posted April 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

Primed and paved in the last couple weeks, that fresh layer of asphalt on Lafayette Street will soon gain some green. Yup. A new, safer bike lane is most likely on the way. The DOT threw together a deck describing in detail the plan to install a protected bike lane along the west side of […]

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Sinking Sidewalk at Orchard and Delancey Poses Danger to Pedestrians

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

Now here’s a corner just waiting for a sacrificial leg for a feast. The sidewalk outside Rox gallery – Delancey and Orchard – has been sinking for quite some time. At least the last six months. Of course, the terrible winter and recent spat of heavy rain couldn’t have helped matters much. The curb is […]

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Center Medians Installed on East Houston Street This Weekend

Posted April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

Any given day, the stretch of Houston Street east of Eldridge looks like a scene plucked directly from the celluloid of E.T. The plastic tents, yards of tubing, wire spindles, trucks, and workmen with dangling keys are a regular sight. Now, at least, two blocks of roadway are being capped and planted. Crews working overtime […]

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Demolition Starts at Essex Street Municipal Parking Garage Ahead of $4M Makeover

Posted March 27, 2014 at 5:19 am

With news of SPURA and Essex Crossing on the brain of late, it’s worth revisiting the municipal parking garage straddling Ludlow and Essex Streets. After all, a 1970s style facility doesn’t really fit in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, so it too must react in kind. Even though the scaffolding and netting was installed months ago, […]

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