Forsyth Street Plaza

Revisiting the Tipi on the Manhattan Bridge ‘Hill’

Posted February 4, 2022 at 5:03 am

“The Hill.”  That was the nickname assigned to the triangular dump of wasteland at the Manhattan Bridge on-ramp back in the early nineties. What is now a public pocket-park called Forsyth Plaza. At the time, it was a squat shantytown of homeless folk. Gabriele Schafer and her husband were regulars on the Hill, and erected the Lakota-replica […]

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Years Delayed, Forsyth Street Plaza Finally Debuts with Minimal Fanfare

Posted May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

The long-delayed wasteland of Forsyth Street Plaza is finally available for public use. It officially opened yesterday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, though seemingly an afterthought for the city. Indeed, there was no major press release or fanfare surrounding this announcement. Nor a ribbon cutting or ceremony with local politicians. Perhaps there’s an […]

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Forsyth Street Plaza Wins American Council of Engineering Award Despite Persistent Project Delays

Posted April 19, 2018 at 5:02 am

The Forsyth Street Plaza, still sealed and at least four years behind schedule, was recognized last week by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York with an award for engineering excellence. The organization presented the city with a “Platinum Award” in the Transportation category. Despite the engineering achievement and press, though, the pocket park […]

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First Look Behind the Barrier of the Forsyth Street Plaza [PHOTOS]

Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Once referred to as a micro High Line, the $3.6 million Forsyth Street Plaza is close to inauguration. In fact, we hear the mayor is to cut the proverbial ribbon on the green space imminently. We took a peek behind the barriers recently… The temporarily re-routed bike path on the western perimeter of the park […]

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Three Years Delayed, ‘Forsyth Street Plaza’ Might Actually Debut Next Month

Last modified October 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Forsyth Street Plaza finally rejoins the ranks of the living. Construction work on the elevated park space by the Manhattan Bridge had been at a stand-still for months, but finally resumed at the outset of summer. And now the end is finally nigh. Construction workers onsite intimate that there is probably another month or so […]

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Revisiting the Shantytown ‘Hill’ of the Manhattan Bridge Approach

Posted January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

Grandiose visions are currently in play for the offset northern section of the Manhattan Bridge approach.  The small wedge of property that serves the sole purpose of providing a bike lane for inter-borough commuters is being converted into the Forsyth Street Plaza, a capital works project bringing amenities like table seating, “site furnishings,” bicycle racks, new trees, and […]

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Stairs to the Manhattan Bridge and Other ‘Forsyth Street Plaza’ Updates

Posted January 7, 2016 at 5:18 am

​The patch of under-utilized real estate beside the Manhattan Bridge approach (formerly known as “The Hill”) is getting its due and proper. Inching ever-closer to a reality in which it becomes “High Line” park space. Without the same fanfare, of course. Construction work related to the Forsyth Street Plaza capital works project (#HWPLZ008M) has been […]

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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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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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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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