Years Delayed, Forsyth Street Plaza Finally Debuts with Minimal Fanfare
The long-delayed wasteland of Forsyth Street Plaza is finally available for public use. It officially opened yesterday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, though seemingly an afterthought for the city.
Indeed, there was no major press release or fanfare surrounding this announcement. Nor a ribbon cutting or ceremony with local politicians. Perhaps there’s an embarrassment factor at play, as this $3.6 million pocket park beside the Manhattan Bridge is a decade in the making and about four years overdue.
Further controversy surrounded the space a couple months ago when the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York awarded Forsyth Street Plaza with a “Platinum” award before it even debuted.
As previously disclosed, Forsyth Street Plaza was conceived back in 2009, and inserts 10,000 square-feet of ADA-compliant elevated park space into that unused triangle of real estate previously nicknamed “The Hill.” Park amenities include seating with tables, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, reconfigured two-way bike lane, a water fountain, and fresh plantings like bamboo, Weeping Cherry, and Honey Locust. And eventually a newsstand vendor.