City Installs Planters in New Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 at 5:05 am by

The Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza finally gets a bit of definition. One month after the city closed off the eastern terminus of Canal Street and installed the sand surfacing, there is now green.

Contractors were seen Friday morning unloading the planters (aka roadblocks) on either side of the plaza. Meaning, there will be no more cutting through those flexible bollards.

Sponsored by the Lower East Side Partnership, future enhancements will reportedly include the placement of seating and umbrellas, plus the potential relocation of the Citi Bike station nearby. By next summer, the Parks Department might also install a “cycling amenity” for the community – a shed and bike repair shop functioning under the banner of Bike New York’s “Recycle-a-Bicycle” program.

As previously reported, the ultimate goal of the nascent pedestrian plaza is connecting Seward Park to Straus Square. In effect, annexing the traffic triangle and incorporating it as part of a unified park. The project was made possible due to $6.4 million in grant money awarded to Seward Park as part of the “Park’s Without Borders” program.

Meanwhile, the taxi stand beside Seward Park is now located on the East Broadway side of the Straus Square triangle.

Arriving in summer 2018

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