Work has started on the new bikeway and sidewalk expansion on Park Row in Chinatown.
After 9/11, NYPD prohibited general motor vehicle traffic on Park Row, which is close to the agency's headquarters at 1 Police Plaza. NYPD checkpoints made it inhospitable for walking and biking.
For years local residents and businesses have called on the city to loosen restrictions on public access. Last summer there was finally a breakthrough as DOT announced plans for a two-way bike lane and 10,000 square feet of painted sidewalk space between Worth Street and Frankfort Street [PDF].