Update: The Subway Connection

Posted on: November 16th, 2009 at 6:26 am by

For the better part of a year, the retail stretch above the intersection of Lafayette and East Houston has been under siege.  Under siege by the new $96 million subway mega-project in the works to connect the Bleecker and Broadway-Lafayette stations.  But now those beleaguered businesses can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  The constant headaches from excavation and subterranean maintenance at their doorstep appear to be concluding.  Indeed, the block-long ditch is almost completely filled in, nearly flush with street level.  Even some new sidewalk! Bask in this small victory, as the big dig is far from its projected 2011 completion date.  We’ll bet the over.

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Meanwhile, just across the Houston threshold, construction on station infrastructure is still going strong; there is plenty of active machinery and earth being moved.  Two giant chunks of roadway outside 290 Mulberry and the Puck Buiding are now dirt pits, each sequestered behind roadblocked fencing.

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