The Hill

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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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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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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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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$3.5M Forsyth Street Plaza Project to Bring a ‘High Line’ Feel to the Manhattan Bridge Off-Ramp

Posted November 5, 2014 at 5:14 am

Once dubbed “The Hill,” a veritable tent city haven for homeless in the early nineties, this small triangular section of land beside the Manhattan Bridge remains earmarked for park space. The Forsyth Street Plaza is a capital works project that’s been underway since 2009 to reimagine the off-ramp of the Manhattan Bridge. Though you wouldn’t know […]

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Updates on the Forsyth Street Plaza at Manhattan Bridge

Posted January 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

Last night, officials from the DOT, namely senior project manager Vaidila Kungys, presented an update to Community Board 3 regarding the ambitious Forsyth Plaza project currently underway.

The Shantytown of the Manhattan Bridge Approach

Last modified March 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Remembering a shantytown at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge called “The Hill.” More after the jump!

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Matt Shendell Opening New Nightspot at Allen & Delancey?

Last modified November 1, 2010 at 12:14 am

Despite closing last month after a rocky two years in business, the saga of Allen & Delancey continues.  As it stands, the May SLA docket reveals a tandem of ambiguous corporations (“Corp to be formed” and “Allen & Delancey Restaurant Corp”) seeking a full liquor license for the space, located at 115 Allen Street.  But […]

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