CitizenM Erects Towering Crane on the Bowery, Further Aggravating the Traffic Situation

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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It’s a total clusterfuck down at Bowery and Delancey, where an enormous tower crane was erected this weekend. See for yourself. This is the latest move by the incoming, 300-key CitizenM Hotel that negatively impacts the neighborhood.

By altering the pattern at this traffic choke point, the CitizenM hotel really screwed the pooch, exacerbating an already problematic intersection.

Last week saw the expansion of the construction site at 189 Bowery, temporarily eliminating one lane of traffic. The other changes included:

The most western bound lane of Bowery will be shifted to a no standing lane. The construction site at 189 Bowery will be extended an additional lane east into Bowery. There will be a left turn only lane in the center of Bowery. This will maintain four lanes of traffic.

Its crossing guards/flag personnel are apparently causing problems, too. Friday morning, we happened upon two pedestrians in a heated argument with the worker over right of way in the crosswalk. The exact circumstances were unclear, but a screaming match nevertheless ensued.

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Yet if that wasn’t enough, some fifteen hours later, the intersection was closed off – except for southbound traffic – through Sunday night for delivery of said crane. Here the big-rig will sit for at least the next 20 weeks. All approved by the Department of Transportation, but without any community input on the matter.

(Even though the 19-story construction topped out, another tower needs to rise alongside.)

Traffic was restored to the fucked up new reality at midnight this morning.

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