Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place.

According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging for the landscape contractor, inspection of storm water drainage, and soil placement.” The construction work continue next Saturday (November 25).

Design for this 15,000 square-foot community amenity was approved way back in November 2014. West 8 is the landscape architect of record for the park component, which straddles a 200-by-77-foot carve-out along Broome Street.

The park sits at the north end of the parcel, and measures approximately one third of an acre. It abuts a future school and the 15-story mixed-use building. There are three unique “coves” with separate purpose. On the east, a congregational spot for “flexible programming” (performance, art, etc.) that fits fifty heads; on the west, a dynamic playground for 2 to 5 year olds with capacity of twenty. The new element here is the seating component – a combination of backed/backless linear seating, communal tables, and movable tables and chairs. There are three entrances, no gates, and no public bathrooms.

Plantings are to line the perimeter with an overall aim to convey a “woodland garden concept.” Over 35% of the area is to be populated by greenery of various local tree species, seasonal flowers, and other plantings.

The caveat here, however, is that this really isn’t a public park in the true sense of the word. Rather it’s privately held by Delancey Streets Associates, but open to the public. The area won’t be gated, but will carry hours of 7am to 10pm.

Meanwhile, the lobby entrance to the new luxury building standing at Clinton Street is now completely unobstructed.

Site 5 will also include big-box retail from Target (small format store) and Trader Joe’s.

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