DOT Pitches Permanent Doyers Street Pedestrian Plaza

Posted on: June 9th, 2022 at 5:18 am by

Photo: Karlin Chan

The Department of Transportation presented its proposal for converting Doyers Street into a permanent pedestrian plaza this week at CB3’s transportation subcommittee meeting.

The plan includes provisions for an 85-foot loading zone for deliveries and parking along Bowery between Doyers and Mott Streets, shortening the crossing distance across the Bowery, and pedestrian accoutrements such as planters, gravel, and markings.

Residents attending the Zoom meeting voiced concerns over late-night noise and turning public space into private use by restaurants that line the tiny street.

Since the “Open Restaurants” and “Open Streets” initiatives began, several businesses on the block claimed the public seating as an extension of their restaurants. One even increased seating capacity from 12 seats inside to 80 seats outside; with curb-to-curb tables creating a pedestrian bottleneck along the narrow sidewalks.

Photo: Karlin Chan

The plan calls for the Chinatown BID to maintain and police the open space, but can we really trust a mouse to guard the cheese?

Regardless of your position on the matter, residents are encouraged to participate in a survey the DOT put forth, which will eventually include a Chinese version when translated.

The Transportation committee requested that the city agency return in July with more information, as well as the survey results, before taking a position on the proposed plaza.

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