Thursday, November 4, 2021

Work on green space for long-vacant site on 4th Street near the Bowery is underway

Construction is now underway on an open green space in the long-vacant lot on Fourth Street between 2 Cooper Square and the Merchant's House Museum. (Thanks to the EVG reader for the photo!

Since the 1990s, the Department of Environmental Preservation has used this city-owned space to work on shafts connected to the underground network of tunnels that supply NYC's drinking water. 

Several years ago, there were public meetings to gather ideas for some sort of "passive recreation space" here between the Bowery and Lafayette. 

Here's a look at a schematic via the Parks Department website ... (click on the image for a better view) ... as you can see, the space will include benches, synthetic turfgrass and some trees...
This project, which dates back years, was funded by Mayor de Blasio and now-former City Councilmember Rosie Mendez. Per the Parks Department, work here is slated to be complete in October 2022.

12 comments:

Brian said...

Nice to have some open space. But how green is it? There is a lot of cement or asphalt depicted in the drawings.

DrGecko said...

Damn. I was looking forward to a 10-story glass box that destabilized Merchant's House as a bonus.

noble neolani said...

Agree with Brian, not exactly a green, as in living plant life, space at all. I know grass is not sustainable in a most spaces like this one (people will bring their dogs to make it a toilet) but the planting beds are about 15%-20% of the surface. One more bad choice is the five foot high fence. Are they kidding??? Unless this lot is locked with bound with a 8 foot fence all kinds of shit will go down in the evenings. The Merchant House Museum will be tagged daily, and their garden will give access to the property itself. These design problems could be corrected but most likely those which designed it don't live in NYC or have a utopian idea of humans and public spaces.

Anonymous said...

8:22 nails it, it will be a cesspool that will be quickly locked up most of the time. Parks were designed for recreating, not living and commerce.

Allie Ryan said...

Astroturf and gravel/concrete - really? I encourage the NYC Parks Dept to hire Elizabeth St Garden, More Gardens, or LUNGS to (re)design this lot for New Yorkers who want to enjoy being in a park.

Anonymous said...

The long-empty lot on C/14th has become a lovely natural wetland. I wonder if there are fish or frogs, that's how established it is, and if so, how they would get in there.

Anonymous said...

To some of the above comments, if my memory serves me correctly I believe the lot is dotted with vents throughout. So that may be the reason for limited vegetation depicted in the rendering

Andy said...

Yes I believe they have to maintain its primary function as an access point for the water that all of us tap-drinking plebs rely on. No trees with roots in the middle digging into the infrastructure.

Anonymous said...

As far as C and 14th, we have raccoons now. I like the frog idea.

Anonymous said...

Geeze, ya buncha newbies!
It's "water tunnel number 3". largest capital construction project in New York City history. (Go Sandhogs!!)

Anonymous said...

From 11 years ago.
https://ny.curbed.com/2010/1/8/10524108/city-water-tunnel-no-3-open-spaces-dream-on

Scuba Diva said...

"Synthetic turfgrass?" I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Next thing, they'll be redecorating the Merchant's House, with a 70s "shag" theme.

At 1:48 AM, Anonymous said:

It's "water tunnel number 3". largest capital construction project in New York City history. (Go Sandhogs!!)

That's right! Read more about it at Water Technology.