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 and Greene Street Walkway.
NYU will relocate the existing dog run managed by the Mercer-Houston Dog Run Association ("MHDRA") to an area of comparable size west of the Coles Redevelopment Building on the Silver Towers block (the location of "Rocketship Park").
Updated 02/03/16: Dog Run construction is nearing completion. The Dog Run is expected to open in 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.
NYU will make the Sasaki Garden more accessible to the public and increase public awareness of the Garden by posting wayfinding signage.
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.
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 02/02/15: Construction 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. Click here for details about the Bleecker Street Landscape project.
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
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 02/03/16: Landscape currently under construction, expected completion April 2016.
Updated 11/16/2015: Project details for the open space enhancement projects have been set. Click here for details about the LaGuardia Place Landscape project.
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.
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.
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