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Greene Street Walk

The Greene Street Walk will run along the west side of the 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) at ground level, from W. Houston Street to Bleecker Street. The Walk is intended as a physical and visual link connecting Soho to Greenwich Village, and NYU's Washington Square campus. The facade treatment and building uses of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) at the ground level (i.e. building entries, amount of transparency, interior public spaces), along with landscaping and the provision of outdoor seating, will activate and enliven the walk. The intention is to draw people to the building along the Walk, and that it be well utilized for building access and for points north and south.

Update 2/26/16: Design of the Greene Street Walk is currently underway.

  • Timing: Greene Street Walk will be constructed as part of the 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) project.
  • Collaborators: The Greene Street Walk is on property owned by NYU and outside the boundary of the Silver Towers landmark site.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 79

Toddler Playground

NYU will construct a .25-acre playground on the Silver Towers block (just a few feet north of the current location of Rocketship Park). At almost 11,000 square feet, this new playground will be nearly four times the size of the existing playarea and will contain a variety of play equipment, landscaping, and seating, including the incorporation of the existing circular concrete seating.

Updated 12/11/15: Planning for the Toddler Playground is currently underway in tandem with the design of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building) and Greene Street Walk.  

  • Timing: Design and construction of the playground will be completed during construction of the 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building).
  • Collaborators: The Landmark Preservation Commission approved the park location and concept in July 2011. Prior to construction of the playground, the final design will require additional review and approval by Landmarks.
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 81
  • Rendering: View an image of the rendering here. Prior to construction of the playground, LPC staff must approve final plans. 

Mercer-Houston Dog Run Relocation

NYU relocated the dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association (MHDRA) to the north side of Houston Street west of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building).

Updated 03/02/16: NYU relocated the dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association (MHDRA) to the north side of Houston Street west of 181 Mercer Street (the Coles building). For more information about the dog run and membership options, visit mercerhoustondogrun.org.

Updated 02/03/16: Dog run construction nearing completion; opening expected early March 2016.  

Updated 10/20/15: Construction of the new dog run is underway and construction completion is expected in early 2016. The new dog run will include design features for active dog play including a fountain and climbing boulders, as well as seating and a small storage shed.

Updated 8/11/15: After a collaborative design process between MHDRA and the project architects, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the new dog run design in May 2015. Construction is scheduled to commence on August 17, 2015.

Updated 12/29/13: NYU and MHDRA have agreed to terms and conditions regarding the new dog run location; a formal agreement will be signed prior to the move.

  • Timing: Construction of the dog run will be complete in early 2016.
  • Collaborators: Mercer Houston Dog Run Association; Landmark Preservation Commission ("LPC")
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 79
  • Rendering: View an image of the rendering here.

Sasaki Garden Site Improvements

NYU will make the Sasaki Garden more accessible to the public and increase public awareness of the Garden by posting wayfinding signage.

Updated 3/4/16: In December 2015, the Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee issued a report "Embracing a Better Quality of Life: Recommendations from the Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee" that included a recommendation to improve access to the Sasaki Garden by making the steps less steep.  

Updated 8/11/15: The Superblock Stewardship Advisory Committee will be reviewing and proposing enhancements to the superblocks in the coming year.

Updated 9/15/13: The legal challenge which had put garden access on hold has been remanded to the NYS Dept of Housing and Community Renewal for further decision.


Bleecker Street Landscape

NYU will work with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and NYC Department of Transportation to improve the planting areas on Bleecker Street between Mercer and LaGuardia. Improvements include new infill planting to add seasonal interest and variety to the understory, sidewalk re-paving, new fencing on the planting bed perimeter, and tree pruning and fertilizing.

Updated 5/20/16: Construction is complete. This space is now open to the public.

Updated 02/02/16: Construction is underway, expected completion April 2016. Please see the Bleecker Street Landscape construction page for updates.

Updated 11/16/15: Project details for the open space enhancement projects have been set.

Updated 10/20/15: The Public Design Commission approved the design of the Bleecker Street Landscape on October 5, 2015. See PDC presentation given by the Department of Transportation here. The project is currently in pre construction planning and permitting and is expected to commence in the next 6 - 8 weeks.

Updated 9/16/15: After input from the Community Board and OSOO, the design for Bleecker St Seating - now called "Bleecker Landscape" will be reviewed by the Public Design Commission in early October.

Updated 1/15/14: A landscape design for this open space is being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO. OSOO-led stakeholder meetings and one public forum were held in November 2013 to gather community input and feedback on design guidelines.

Updated 7/1/13: Design guidelines and goals being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO


LaGuardia Landscape

NYU will work with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to upgrade the public open space along LaGuardia Place between Bleecker Street and W. 3rd Street. Upgrades include new paving, tree pruning, removing dead or diseased trees and replanting with small ornamental trees, and installing seating in the statue plaza area. The recently completed Adrienne's Garden is not part of the project area.

Updated 5/20/2016: Construction is complete. This space is now open to the public. 

Updated 02/03/16: Landscape is currently under construction, expected completion April 2016. View the project page for more details.

Updated 11/16/2015: Project details for the open space enhancement projects have been set.

Updated 10/20/15: The Public Design Commission approved the design of the LaGuardia Place Landscape on October 5, 2015. See the PDC presentation given by the Department of Transportation here. The project is currently in pre-construction planning and permitting and is expected to commence in the next 6 - 8 weeks.

Updated 8/11/15: After input from the Community Board and OSOO, the design for LaGuardia Temp Playground - now called "LaGuardia Landscape" - will be reviewed by the Public Design Commission in early October.

Updated 1/15/14: A landscape design for this open space is being shaped in collaboration with DPR, DOT, and OSOO. OSOO-led stakeholder meetings and open public forum were held in November 2013 to gather community input and feedback on design guidelines.

Updated 7/1/13: Design guidelines and goals are being shaped in collaboration with DPR and OSOO.

  • Timing: The LaGuardia Place Landscape is expected to be complete in early April.
  • Collaborators: The general scope, design, and oversight of public approvals process will go through the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, Community Board 2, and OSOO, with ultimate review by the Public Design Commission.
  • Downloads: PDC Presentation
  • Reference: Restrictive Declaration. 6.1, p. 79

Public School

The NYC School Construction Authority has the option to build a school which would be incorporated into the Bleecker Building. The SCA must provide NYU with notice of intent to build a school by December 31, 2014, and commence construction by July 1, 2018. In October 2014, at the request of Councilmember Chin, NYU agreed to extend the SCA notice deadline until December 31, 2018. NYU will provide the SCA with annual updates regarding NYU's anticipated construction schedule until the SCA's construction window has elapsed.

Updated 12/17/2015: NYU sent their fourth annual update letter to the SCA on December 17, 2015.

Updated 12/15/2014: NYU sent their third annual update letter to the SCA on December 15, 2014.

Updated 12/12/13: NYU sent their second annual update letter to the SCA on December 12, 2013.

Updated 12/21/12: NYU sent their first annual update letter to the SCA on December 21, 2012.

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