$3.5M Forsyth Street Plaza Project to Bring a ‘High Line’ Feel to the Manhattan Bridge Off-Ramp

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 at 5:14 am by
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Once dubbed “The Hill,” a veritable tent city haven for homeless in the early nineties, this small triangular section of land beside the Manhattan Bridge remains earmarked for park space.

The Forsyth Street Plaza is a capital works project that’s been underway since 2009 to reimagine the off-ramp of the Manhattan Bridge. Though you wouldn’t know it by heading over there. Remember that this elevated area was to become a High Line of sorts for the eastern fringe of Chinatown. Initial targets had both construction and completion to transpire in the summer of 2013. This obviously did not happen.

Well, after a couple years locked in the “conceptual phase,” the Department of Design and Construction is ready to roll out the final framework.

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As previously reported, the intent of the $3.6 million Forsyth Plaza Project is to create more public space in the neighborhood. 10,000 square-feet of it, to be precise. Part of the existing stone masonry at the mouth of the bridge will open to become a stairwell right down the corner of Canal and Forsyth. The plaza itself and the steps will receive the granite paver treatment. Amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, a water fountain, and plantings like Weeping Cherry and Honey Locust trees.

A temporary paved bike path will be routed once construction begins. Barriers will also be there to help safely steer pedestrians. The new tentative start date here is winter 2015.

The DDC will appear before Community Board 3 tomorrow night to present the following deck, which you can review below.

Forsyth Street Plaza Plans

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