Astor Place Slated for Improvement

New York's DOT is proposing a new plan to transform Astor Place from feeling like a freeway median to a pedestrian-friendly public space.

"Conceptual designs were released this month, showing new plantings and uses of each of the four new public spaces.

The traffic island with the northbound No. 6 train entrance will get new seating, according to the design, which features a bench-lined path running through a new "grove of trees." The popular MudTruck concession will remain.

The island to the south of the subway island - which will be expanded across the closed portion of Astor Place - will be an 'open plaza defined by trees' with a 'focus on The Alamo sculpture.'

Thanks to Streetsblog

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