East Houston Reconstruction Project is 3 Years Behind Schedule, Hurting Business and Angering Locals

Posted October 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

​This is the real-life Neverending Story. Already three years behind schedule, there is no end in sight for the East Houston reconstruction project. Large swaths of roadbed between Bowery and Orchard Street remain torn up with random real estate cordoned off for staging areas. It’s a mess. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The […]

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Ongoing Grand Street Water Main Work Winds Down East of Allen

Posted October 13, 2015 at 5:10 am

​The reality of Phase II has set in. Grand Street east of the Bowery is a total shitshow right now. Thanks to the ongoing work around installing a trunk water main beneath the roadway, the traffic patterns are changed, and businesses likely hurting. With the interlocking system of portable fencing and construction crew in tow, […]

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Forsyth Street Plaza Tree Removal Closes One Lane of Inbound Traffic on Manhattan Bridge

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:10 am

​Thanks to a new capital works project currently underway, the small grove of trees at the base of the Manhattan Bridge will soon meet the wood chipper. The cut-down is part of the overall Forsyth Street Plaza Project (#HWPLZ008M) which aims to become a “High Line” of sorts for the Lower East Side. There’s been […]

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$6.5M Straus Square Traffic Safety Project is Underway

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:18 am

Looks like that “Safe Routes to Schools” capital works project is back on track. There had been a hiatus for the better part of the last six months when ground-break first commenced. As of this week, however, the Department of Design and Construction resumed work on phase one of the $6.5 million initiative. The construction […]

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Fits and Starts: Forsyth Street Plaza Updates

Posted August 3, 2015 at 5:18 am

It’s been four months since the Department of Design and Construction broke ground on the Forsyth Street Plaza project (and six years since its introduction). In that time, a demolition crew punched through the bulwark masonry at the base of the Manhattan Bridge, leaving behind a field of dirt; work also began on the underground […]

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DDC Begins Yet Another Long-Term Project to Replace Local Water Mains

Posted April 22, 2015 at 9:24 am

The Lower East Side is submerged in constant infrastructural work to replace water mains. The construction along eastern portions of Houston Street provide enough headaches for a lifetime. Not to mention similar upgrades down on Grand Street, which have severely incapacited the roadway between Chrystie and Essex. But there’s more. The Department of Design and […]

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Contractors Break Through Manhattan Bridge Bulwark for Forsyth Street Plaza 

Last modified April 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

The Forsyth Street Plaza entered its first phase of development around this time last week, Tuesday being the official kickoff. Construction site regulars like traffic barriers, backhoes, and other sundries are now in place for the interim. Step one, the steps… Indeed, the first order of business is punching passage through the massive masonry at […]

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Construction Begins Next Week on Forsyth Street Plaza Project Beside the Manhattan Bridge

Posted March 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

Soon the Hill will become the knoll. Years of planning sessions, community updates, and negotiating the miles of red tape culminates next week with the ground-break of another capital works project on the Lower East Side. The $3.5 million Forsyth Street Plaza, in the works since 2009, will finally begin construction next week. The Department […]

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Grand Street Water Main Work Pushes Toward the Corner of Orchard Street

Posted February 25, 2015 at 5:15 am

Subterranean water main work along Grand Street pushed further eastward last week, much to the ire of locals. The front lines have now reached the beaches of Orchard Street. The dreaded chain-link holding pen is now stocked with the requisite collection construction sundries. As a result, two-way traffic is now relocated slightly to the south side […]

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Preliminary Roadwork Begins Ahead of $6.5M Safety Project in Straus Square

Last modified February 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Over the weekend, a small detachment of contractors excavated the northwest corner of East Broadway and Rutgers. The small job was a so-called test pit for new catch basin infrastructure ahead of a $6.5 million capital works initiative by the Department of Design and Construction called “Safe Routes to Schools.” As previously reported, Phase I […]

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