Stairs to the Manhattan Bridge and Other ‘Forsyth Street Plaza’ Updates

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 at 5:18 am by
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​The patch of under-utilized real estate beside the Manhattan Bridge approach (formerly known as “The Hill”) is getting its due and proper. Inching ever-closer to a reality in which it becomes “High Line” park space. Without the same fanfare, of course.

Construction work related to the Forsyth Street Plaza capital works project (#HWPLZ008M) has been rather steady since late summer. While digging, tree removal, and stone blasting has decimated the corner of Canal and Forsyth Streets, the first sign of what’s to come just materialized. A staircase is taking shape as we speak, and already reached the top.

Here are some other updates for Forsyth Plaza through the next two months, according to the Department of Design and Construction.

  • Continued construction of retaining wall.
  • Reconfiguration of bicycle path.
  • Installation of granite stones on plaza and staircase.
  • Continued installation of steps.
  • Related electrical work.

As previously reported, the intent of the Forsyth Plaza Project is to create 10,000 square-feet of additional public park space in the neighborhood. A section of bridge masonry was bulldozed over the summer to create the stairs we now see; steps and plaza surface above will both receive the granite paver treatment. Amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, a water fountain. Fresh plantings like Weeping Cherry and Honey Locust trees are on tap. Oh, and a “public art work.”

The project carries an anticipated completion date of summer 2016. Don’t forget the one-year curve attached to all such projects…

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