Astor Place Redesign Makes a Mess of Cooper Square [PHOTOS]
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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 a encased in perimeter netting and traffic barriers.
The triangle spit of Peter Cooper Park as we once knew it, which closed last November, no longer exists…
The $16 million Astor Place redesign project will completely change this nexus neighborhood, adding two pedestrian plazas and reconfiguring the park altogether. Expect completion by the end of 2015, give or take a decade.