Department of Transportation

$76M Manhattan Bridge Rehab Planned this Fall (its 15th Overall)

Posted October 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Manhattan Bridge is about to undergo yet another rehabilitation project. Last week, the city’s Department of Transportation awarded the $75.9 million contract to Skanska, which will perform structural restoration of the 109-year-old East River crossing. As reported one year ago, this latest round of action is part of ongoing rehabilitation efforts that began way […]

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Little Italy Rallies Against Buses Through Kenmare Street During L-Train Shutdown

Last modified September 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm

The impending L-Train shutdown is causing localized pandemonium across the Lower East Side. From 14th Street on down to the Williamsburg Bridge, Delancey, and Kenmare Streets. A bit closer to home, the city is trying to push a proposal to ferry straphangers through Little Italy on the way to nearby subway stations. This would equate […]

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DOT to Install ‘Directional Signage’ to Combat Congestion at Grand and Clinton Streets

Posted May 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

Pressure from the community and elected officials is starting to pay off, it seems. Department of Transportation announced in a letter that it is addressing concerns about the traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets. As previously reported, several Democratic district leaders last month penned a letter to Commissioner Polly Trottenberg urging immediate action. Elected […]

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Dashane Santana Memorialized on Delancey Street 6 Years After Her Death

Posted January 30, 2018 at 5:03 am

Next month marks six years from the date 12-year-old Dashane Santana was struck and killed in the Delancey Street crosswalk at the intersection of Clinton. To honor her memory, family members created a makeshift memorial in the pedestrian plaza at the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge. There are electric candles, photos, and letters to Dashane. […]

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Developers File for Pedestrian Tunnels Connecting 3 Essex Crossing Buildings

Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

During cold snaps like this week, the thought of an underground passage is enticing. So, it’s only fitting that Essex Crossing is currently petitioning the city for a pair of subterranean passageways connecting the new developments. Developers behind the three buildings benefiting from the Market Line recently applied for revocable consent from the Department of […]

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Street Milling and Paving Slated for Seward Park Environs

Last modified November 27, 2017 at 8:46 am

The asphalt surroundings of Seward Park are poised for an upgrade. East Broadway, Division, Canal, and Clinton Streets are all going under the knife starting tomorrow. Yep, break out those dust masks because the roadway is about to get milled. Notices to move cars were posted to street furniture last week to alerting area neighbors […]

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Manhattan Bridge Makeover and Rehab Slated to Begin Next Summer

Posted September 14, 2017 at 5:08 am

Starting next summer, the city will undergo the next step in the neverending rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge. It’s a multi-year effort (i.e. “component rehab”) aimed at updating both structural and ornamental elements that are in a purported dire need of repair. Brian Gill, Chief Engineer of Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction for the Transportation Department, and […]

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Doyers Street Pedestrian Plaza Closes the Angle to Vehicular Traffic for the Next Month

Posted September 11, 2017 at 5:02 am

Don’t expect to see many cars on Doyers Street for the next month. In the interim, the so-called “Bloody Angle” will be sealed to traffic during daytime hours to allow for temporary public space. A pedestrian plaza. It’s a page out of the local business improvment district playbook. The Chinatown Partnership shipped in the astro-turf, […]

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Straus Square will Permanently Close to Traffic this Summer

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Major changes are coming to Straus Square, the small Lower East Side traffic median. Namely, it’ll soon be absorbed by the larger Seward Park at its back, and lose that scruffy feel. As previously reported, Seward Park is the recipient of $6.4 million in funding as part of the Park’s Without Borders program. While much […]

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City Installs New Wayfinding Post but Spells ‘Delancey’ Wrong

Posted June 9, 2017 at 5:09 am

There it is. A new wayfinding signpost on Clinton Street. With a misspelling, no less. The city installed the eight-foot map at the corner of Delancey Street within the last few days to help tourists navigate the neighborhood. But it spelled Delancey without the penultimate “e.” These wayfinding obelisks are part of the city’s overall […]

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