Straus Square

In Apparent ‘Wayfinding’ Flub, City Moves Sidewalk Post to the Correct Spot

Last modified December 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

The Department of Transportation is apparently in need of its own wayfinding in Chinatown. You may have noticed that this WalkNYC installation was previously erected on the wrong spot. The signage first arrived near the southeast corner of Essex and Canal Streets at the end of November. Upon closer inspection, though, the “You are here” […]

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Resurfaced Straus Square Torn Apart by Con Edison Roadwork

Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am

Figures that Canal Street through Straus Square would be torn up so quickly after its resurfacing. That granular rumble-strip coating – meant as a skateboard deterrent – lasted three months before a utilities crew completely decimated the block. Con Edison workers on Saturday embarked on a project to repair the subterranean grid in and around the […]

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City Installs Planters in New Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza

Posted August 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

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 […]

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Citi Bike Dock Returns to Straus Square After Month-Long Hiatus

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Motor vehicle traffic through Straus Square may have terminated, but the bike share just resumed. In other words, the Citi Bike dock returned to the new pedestrian plaza yesterday after a month-long hiatus. The brief reprieve was timed to coincide with the recent resurfacing of the roadway between Rutgers Street and East Broadway. Crews installed […]

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Straus Square Pedestrian Plaza Takes Shape with New ‘Skate Proof’ Street Surfacing

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Another baby step toward “calming” Straus Square. For the last several nights, a contractor crew has been preparing the tiny sliver of Canal Street between Rutgers and East Broadway for a new pedestrian plaza. Specifically, the granular rumble-strip coating and its adhesive were installed late last night, a surface meant to deter skateboarders from claiming the […]

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Straus Square CitiBike Dock Temporarily Removed, as Pedestrian Plaza Nears Activation

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Yesterday morning, CitiBike dispatched a maintenance crew to Straus Square to extract its bicycle dock from the longtime perch. Flexible bollards that marked the hardware were likewise uprooted from the asphalt. CitiBike confirmed, however, that this removal is temporary, and at the “request of DOT.” All maps show this station – one that holds about […]

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‘Mr. Robot’ Brought a Tower of Trash to Straus Square Last Night

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Did you see that massive pile of junk sitting in Straus Square? In case you were wondering, the tower of trash, so to speak, was actually set dressing for the Mr. Robot film shoot that happened around Seward Park yesterday. “No Parking” signs posted in the vicinity alerted residents to the show’s alias, “The Norwich […]

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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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The Lower East Side Partnership Wants to Create a ‘Pedestrian Plaza’ Alongside Straus Square

Last modified August 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm

Another land grab afoot? Straus Square, the concrete island memorial at the confluence of Canal, Rutgers, and East Broadway, is now in the crosshairs of the Lower East Side Partnership. It appears the business improvement district hopes to install another pedestrian plaza on the eastern terminus of Canal Street, near the entrance to Seward Park. […]

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Donald Trump’s ‘Chocolate Cake’ Quote Appears on Seward Park Fence

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:18 am

It was revealed last week that President Trump was scarfing down the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen” when he ordered the air strike (59 Tomahawk cruise missiles) on a Syrian airfield earlier this month. He was dining at his Mar-a-Lago country club with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the time. […]

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