If all goes according to plan, the East Village should finally see construction crews flee and a new Astor Place emerge sometime next winter—that according to a recent press release from the city. The $16 million project, managed by the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and designed by local firm Weisz + Yoes Architecture, will radically alter the famous intersection. According to the architecture firm’s website, the layout will develop a multi-purpose urban precinct featuring three linked plazas along the axis of Fourth Avenue.
The iconic cube, an art installation by Bernard Rosenthal that’s officially called The Alamo, has been moved from the traffic island and will find itself in another plaza across the street from its original location. Additionally, the Peter Cooper Triangle will be expanded, with multiple exits and entrances included, not to mention widened sidewalks. The fence around the Peter Cooper monument will be no more, as visitors will be allowed to sit at the foot of the statue.
New plantings, raised flowerbeds, and seating areas have been designed by the Department of Parks and Recreation, who will be tasked with maintaining the green space. The design also boasts sustainability strategies with the many new trees reducing stormwater runoff and providing shade for the space’s visitors. Updated drainage will also help combat rising water levels whenever a major storm hits the city.
According to Curbed, construction stalled a bit early this spring because the MTA had to approve new work orders in and around the planned subway stop. However, the press release indicates pedestrians can expect more sidewalk closings in the near future, so the holdup wasn’t a terrible hindrance. Perhaps the best piece of recent news on this project comes from Bedford and Bowery, which reported here that the Peter Cooper statue has re-emerged from storage—a sure sign of palpable progress!
For more renderings of this project, visit Curbed New York here.