Help Preserve Astor Place and Stuyvesant Street
The Department of Transportation has proposed a redesign of Astor Place and Cooper Square. The plan would expand green space and pedestrian access, but would also eliminate any record of parts of Astor Place and Stuyvesant Street, two of the oldest and most historically significant streets in New York.
GVSHP has reached out to DOT, urging them to include some preservation of these historic streetscapes (even if they are pedestrianized) in their plan. As DOT has not changed the plan, we have written to the Public Design Commission (formerly the Art Commission), which must now review and approve all aspects of the plan (read our letter HERE). The Commission held its first meeting on the plan today; we are happy to report that, citing our letter, the commission questioned DOT about the lack of integration of the Astor Place and Stuyvesant Street patterns into the design. A public hearing on the plan at the Commission will be scheduled in the coming weeks, and we are hopeful that the Commission will change the plan to ensure that this key element of our city’s history — dating back to Dutch and Native American settlement of Lower Manhattan — are preserved.
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