CB3 Approves Plan For Forsyth Plaza Park

Architectural renderings: NYC DOT.

Last night, Community Board 3 signed off on the city’s plan to turn Forsyth Plaza, the triangle adjacent to the Manhattan Bridge, into a public park.  The proposal now goes to the Public design Commission for final approval. Click through for images from the Department of Transportation’s presentation to a CB3 committee earlier this month. 

Forsyth Plaza Project Delayed Until June of 2014

DOT conceptual plan for Forysth Plaza.

Last March. residents got the chance to tell city officials what they’d like to see done with Forsyth Plaza, the triangle at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. Asian Americans For Equality, the neighborhood advocacy organization, had received a grant from the Department of Transportation’s Public Plaza Program — setting the stage for the renovation of the long-neglected space. At a visioning session, community activists shared their ideas for reclaiming the vacant patch above Forsyth and for improving the popular (and sometimes chaotic) street-side produce market.

Ten months later, city planners came back to Chinatown last night with the beginnings of a plan. In a presentation before Community Board 3’s transportation committee, they updated the Department of Transportation’s progress and showed off the rather vague “conceptual drawing” you see above.

Two Non-Profits at Odds Over Forsyth Produce Market

Forsyth Street Market.

When it comes to the Forsyth Street produce market, conflict is nothing new. But now a new controversy is brewing — as two venerable New York City non-profits tussle for control of the sidewalk running alongside the Manhattan Bridge.

The last flare-up on Forsyth Street occurred over the summer, when the 5th Precinct began a crackdown on fruit and vegetable vendors, citing concerns about sanitation and illegal parking.  Several weeks ago, State Senator Daniel Squadron got all of the stakeholders together — including city agencies, community activists and other elected officials — in hopes of mediating an agreement.

Residents Begin Planning Forsyth Plaza

Last week, we checked in on a community visioning session for the Forsyth Plaza project. Thanks to a grant from the city’s Public Plaza Program, the desolate triangle adjacent to the Manhattan Bridge is going to get a major face lift in the coming months. Community activists met at the offices of Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) to offer their feedback about the new space. The grant was awarded to the Renaissance Economic Development Corp., an affiliate of AAFE.