There are a dozen benches and a water fountain. No sign of any shade just yet.
According to the Parks Department website, construction is 90% complete. Parks still lists October as the opening date.
As noted in previous posts, 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 "passive recreation space" here between the Bowery and Lafayette. And this is the result of those.
Top photo by Steven; second pic by Goggla.