City Planting New Trees on Orchard Street Ahead of Revitalization
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Orchard Street denizens south of Grand may have noticed the broken concrete along the sidewalks. Specific sections were targeted, then jackhammered into submission. So far, the rubble remains.
What the eff is going on, you ask?
These temporary pitfalls represent sites chosen for new trees, but the contractors didn’t follow protocol to clean up the mess. Nevertheless, the Lower East Side BID has been working with the Parks Department to add more green in the district. The plantings also dovetail with the overall Orchard Street revitalization project – designed by Pilot Projects – to “create a safer more enjoyable environment” for residents and merchants.
Community Board 3 approved those plans last month, which call for forty new trees, a controversial pedestrian plaza at Broome Street, and various seating elements.