Orchard Street Sidewalk Extension Receives Blue Makeover, New Plantings
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Two summers ago, the Department of Transportation extended the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets. The so-called neck-down was implemented as part of the Chinatown Curbside Management Study to better pedestrian safety and alleviate congestion problems in the neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon, the battered sidewalk peninsula received a facelift of blue paint and new flowers.
This prototype expansion came at the expense of two parking spots, and will eventually become part of the sidewalk proper.
The “grove,” as it were, also figures into the larger landscape effort spearheaded by the Lower East Side BID (the maintenance partner). These revitalization plans calls for the creation of a “safer more enjoyable environment” for residents, merchants, and commuters along the seven-block stretch (Division Street is not included). What that means is a controversial plaza at Broome, the introduction of forty new trees, various seating, and additional “groves” that signify an entrance onto Orchard Street (four at each intersection).