The City of New York and several of its agencies has advised NYU that they will be conducting two major, long-term projects in the area surrounding Washington Square Park. These projects are not associated with NYU, but may affect areas near NYU buildings. We are actively working with the City to assess the impact on our facilities and, when possible, mitigate any disruptions. 

As with all active construction sites, dust will be generated in the area immediately surrounding these two projects and noise will be generated by mechanical equipment, such as jackhammers and construction trucks. While the NYC Parks Department and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) will employ available noise mitigation techniques, these projects will entail elevated levels of noise. DDC and NYC Parks will monitor operations to assure that they are within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Noise Code Regulations.

NYC Parks Department:
Washington Square Park (WSP) Sidewalk Restoration

NYC Parks is repairing and re-paving the entire perimeter sidewalk around the park. NYC Parks is conducting the project in a number of phases, beginning with Washington Square West.

Project Owner
NYC Parks Department

Work Hours
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

For the Washington Square Park Sidewalk Renovation, please contact the NYC Parks Department by contacting 311.


Department of Design & Construction (DDC): Washington Square Park Water Main Upgrade Project

DDC is scheduled to repair and upgrade the existing century-old water main system located on the periphery of Washington Square Park, which will require major construction work on many of the streets around and near the park. DDC will conduct the project in a number of phases with the first phase starting on Washington Square East between Washington Square South and Waverly Place. This project is estimated to take three years to complete (field and weather conditions permitting).

Project Owner
Department of Design & Construction

Work Hours
Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am - 6:00pm

Advanced notification will be given by DDC if construction is necessary during nighttime hours.

For the Water Main Upgrade Project, please contact Ms. Bridget Klebaur, Community Construction Liaison (CCL) at During non-construction hours, please contact 311 and mention Project ID#MED608.

Additional Information:

  • Street closures and traffic detours will occur as part of this project.
  • All sidewalks will remain open for pedestrian access, pedestrian safety barriers and uniformed NYPD traffic agents will be stationed for traffic control during work hours, and pedestrian access into buildings will be maintained at all times.
  • Parking may be temporarily restricted during construction and signs will be posted by the DDC in advanced of these restrictions.
  • Driveways and loading dock access may be temporarily restricted while a street is under construction.
  • NYU Facilities and Construction Management is actively working with the City to try and assess the scope and impact of any service disruptions to our facilities and operations (ITS, deliveries, water service, etc).

Current Project Update

August 18, 2018

  • DDC is scheduled to continue water main replacement on West 4th Street between Greene Street and LaGuardia Place, and on the corners of Greene Street and West 4th, and Greene Street and Washington Place.
  • Prior parking restrictions and traffic detours remain in effect during work hours.
  • The project is scheduled to continue through Fall 2018, weather and field conditions pending.
  • For more information, contact the Community Construction Liaison for the Water Main at Washington Square Park by email at

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