Section of Delancey Street To Be Co-Named For Dashane Santana August 3

Stop Signs, Pedestrian Island Coming to Delancey Street at Pitt Street

Local Resident, Aided by State Senator, Wins Safety Improvements on Delancey Street

Police Search For Suspect in Delancey Street Bank Robbery

Residents Call on City to Improve Safety at Delancey and Pitt Streets

Local residents say it’s time to do something about the dangerous conditions for pedestrians at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt streets.

LES BID Selects “Babel Blocks” For Delancey History Fence

Rendering: "Babel Blocks Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Rendering: “Babel Blocks” Delancey Street proposal. Image for illustrative purposes only.

Several months ago, we told you about a design competition from the Lower East Side BID for a Delancey Street History Fence.   Through a 400 foot art installation, the organization, which operates two parking lots along the busy thoroughfare, was looking to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s diverse cultural legacy.   The BID has now made its choice.

A selection committee recently notified the LES-based design firm, Boym Partners, that its proposal for a “Babel Blocks Fence,” celebrating the varied “races, religions and cultures” that make up the Lower East Side,” had won the competition.  Babel Blocks, a series of wood figures, were created by Constantin Boym and Laurene Leon Boym in 2007, loosely based on their Lower East Side neighbors.  They were included in “Design & the Elastic Mind,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, and won the National Design Award in 2009.

Artists Have Until May 1 to Submit Proposals For SPURA Fence


Artists have a chance to put their mark on SPURA before the Lower East Side landscape changes forever.  The Lower East Side BID has extended a competition to design a 400 foot expanse along Delancey Street until May 1.  The BID operates two parking lots that will become part of the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Project in the years ahead. In the meantime, however, the organization is creating a Lower East Side Tribute Wall, paying homage to the neighborhood’s creative and cultural institutions.

The competition is being run through  The winning artist or artists will receive a stiped/budget of approximately $5000.  The installation is meant to cover two separate fences, each 200 feet long.  The high-traffic area was recently turned into a pedestrian plaza.  The BID plans to program the space on the southern side of Delancey Street this summer with entertainment and food vendors.

Click here to read more about the art project and check out the submission guidelines.

Celebrating Delancey Street Changes, and Planning Future Plaza Improvements

Delancey Street, last week.

Last week, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, local elected officials and community leaders gathered on Delancey Street to celebrate the new safety improvements implemented during the past several months.  During a midday news conference, with trucks and cars roaring past television cameras, Sadik-Khan declared, “crossing Delancey should not be just for the brave of heart,” and she promised an “unrelenting focus on safety” on the street as well as throughout the city.

Among those attending the press event was Teresa Pedroza, whose granddaughter, 12-year old Dashane Santana, was killed at the intersection of Delancey and Clinton streets earlier this year.   City officials were already looking at changing traffic patterns along the deadly corridor before the tragedy but the accident served as an impetus for the improvements.  State Senator Daniel Squadron said, “nothing will bring Dashane back… but hopefully because of this (accident) we can ensure that there are no more tragedies on Delancey Street.”

Elected Officials, DOT Cheer Delancey Street Safety Improvements

This morning, officials with the Department of Transportation and local elected officials came out to celebrate the new safety improvements on Delancey Street.  Roadway changes, longer “walk” signals and pedestrian plazas are all part of the plan.   We’ll have more details tomorrow about future improvements planned for the large plaza area on the south side of Delancey near Clinton Street.


Followup: Copper Wire Theft Could Have Sparked Fire in Delancey Street Train Station

More this morning on yesterday’s fire and resulting evacuation of three subway lines on Delancey Street, from Essex to the Bowery. WNBC reported on its late news broadcast last night that the fire could have been caused when someone tried to steal copper wires. More details from Brian Thompson’s story:

Sources told NBC 4 New York Friday night that the fire could have been sparked when a cable fell across the third rail and a track rail as someone tried to steal an underground copper wire. The spark of electricity along the rail caused the fire and smoke condition. Another source told NBC 4 New York that investigators think the suspected copper wire theft may be part of a larger operation, and the source said tools used for cutting were found in a closet-sized enclosure in the tunnel. The source says it appears the theft has been going on for months, and in all, as many as two thousand feet of cable appear to be missing from the station.

The incident shut down the J, M and Z lines from about 2:50 p.m. through the evening rush. Around 500 people were evacuated. No one was injured.

Photos: Smoke Prompts Subway Evacuation on Delancey Street

Delancey and Essex streets.

We’re back from the scene of today’s subway evacuations along Delancey Street. Multiple trains were shut down just as the Friday afternoon rush home was beginning.  No injuries to report, but there is a huge Fire Department and police presence from Essex Street to the Bowery.  J,M.Z, D and B service have all been suspended.

More details from the Post: About 500 people were evacuated beginning at around 2:52 p.m.  One resident said smoke from a fire on the tracks began to enter a subway car in a tunnel between Essex and Bowery.  People were stuck for about 20 minutes until the train was rolled back towards Essex Street and passengers could be let off.  The Post reported a second group of passengers was evacuated from a train that had just arrived at Essex Street from Brooklyn.  Officials said the fire appeared to have caused by MTA electrical equipment but they are still investigating exactly what went wrong.

Update 5:16 p.m. Notify NYC reports: Due to ongoing Fire Department activity, downtown M train service is terminating at 2 Avenue, Manhattan. The J and Z trains are also suspended in both directions between Marcy Ave, Brooklyn and Broad St, Manhattan. Expect extensive delays and visit for updates.

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Innovate Manhattan Charter Opens New Home on the Lower East Side

Innovate Manhattan Charter School has a new facility, located on the third floor of a residential and commerical building on Forsyth and Delancey streets.

The new school year is upon us, a fact some youngsters acknowledge only with total dread. But the middle schoolers at Innovate Manhattan Charter School, the Lower East Side’s third and newest charter school, have a lot to look forward to when classes start tomorrow.

On August 23rd, Innovate opened the doors of its brand new facility at 38 Delancey Street, in an open house for students and their families. The pristine space, located on the third floor of a residential and commercial building, embodies the tenets of the Kunskapsskolan Educational model (KED), which was developed in Sweden and is currently used in 34 Swedish schools. Innovate Manhattan is the first American school to adopt the model, which emphasizes individual instruction and flexibility to help students take charge of their own learning.

7-Eleven Moving Closer to Opening on Delancey Street

Progress at the site of a planned 7-Eleven on Delancey Street.

While controversy about the arrival of chain stores on the Lower East Side continues, 7-Eleven is forging ahead with its new location at 142 Delancey Street, directly next to an existing Dunkin’ Donuts. The store’s renovation seems to be progressing, and some signage bearing the chain’s logo recently appeared in the windows.

Road Remains: Adjusting to the New Delancey Street

Delancey Street, north side, at Clinton Street.

It looks like drivers are having a little trouble adjusting to the new configuration on Delancey Street. Several days ago, the Department of Transportation established new pedestrian “plazas” on the dangerous roadway by setting up plastic pylons on either side of the street. As you can see, those pylons are really taking a beating.


A New Day on Delancey

Delancey Street at Clinton.

As we’ve been reporting, the Department of Transportation is in the process of implementing its Delancey Street safety plan.  At Clinton Street, two new pedestrian plazas (on either side of Delancey) are now marked off.  The DOT decided to add eight seconds to the “walk” signal at Clinton. In the weeks ahead, the new plazas will be receiving some TLC. The LES Business Improvement District has agreed to spruce up the new pedestrian refuges with plantings and other cosmetic additions.