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.
Here’s the long neglected area that will soon be transformed. The project was initiated by Asian Americans for Equality, which will have day-to-day management responsibilities once the park opens in the summer of 2014. The plan was developed after neighborhood visioning sessions were held last year.
A centerpiece of the elevated park will be a permanent exhibition (see preliminary sketches above) by well-known Chinese artist Xu Bing. The design is based on the following words from the “Writings of Helin Temple” by Tang Dynasty poet Li She:
By a bamboo temple I talk with a monk midway:
Half a day, in my floating life, is thus whiled away.