Masaryk Towers Seals the Rivington Street Walkway Between Pitt and Columbia

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 at 5:09 am by

The easternmost frontier of Rivington Street – where it’s decommissioned to a walkpath in the canyon of Samuel Gompers Houses and the Masaryk Towers – is now bisected. No outlet.

Shots fired. We’ve heard from several residents in the vicinity that it’s causing quite a hoopla.

One tenant of the latter Mitchell Lama co-op complex sent us the above photo, and noted that management last Friday decided to seal the gate on either side of the Masaryks, thus eliminating public foot traffic between Pitt and Columbia Streets.

“They’ve been planning to do this for years, maybe even a decade or so,” the reader says.

Indeed, the issue first reared its head in 2006, and talk of gate closure revives every few years. Then as now, locals were not pleased at the loss of this walkway, which is mostly owned by the Masaryks. The main concern appears to be safety and security, but the opposition feels it creates a “gated community” with the purpose of increasing property values. And also that the population utilizing the Grand Street Settlement senior center would suffer, as its entrance is located just beyond the gates.

For now, the Rivington Street shortcut is only for Masaryk residents now to pass through.

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