The transformation of an triangular plot bordered by Forsyth Street, Canal Street, and the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown is actually happening, finally. The project has been in the works since 2009 and although original estimates had construction finishing up in early 2013, the Department of Design and Construction is just now getting ready to begin the approval process. (It will present to Community Board 3 tomorrow night.) The $3.58 million project will, according to the DDC's plans, provide a space for residents and cyclists that "not only overlooks Forsyth Street and the surrounding neighborhood, but also provides seating amid garden plants to relax. In total, the project provides up to 10,000 square feet of new public space." That involves creating a stairwell, paving the plaza with granite and concrete, and adding seating, tables, bike racks, a water fountain, and various types of plants. The new completion date is set for winter 2015.
· $3.5M Forsyth Street Plaza Project to Bring a 'High Line' Feel to the Manhattan Bridge Off-Ramp [Bowery Boogie]
· Jane Street, Chinatown Triangles Getting New Looks [Curbed]