Eyes on the Street: Weekend Edition


I recently took this boat, a water taxi, from Red Hook to South Street Seaport. Landing at the Seaport after having just been in Red Hook about five minutes earlier gives one an odd supernatural sense of having been teleported.


Bus Rapid Transit Designs for East Side Avenues Still in Flux

Earlier this week DOT and the MTA showed plans for Bus Rapid Transit on the east side of Manhattan to the Seaport/Civic Center committee of Community Board 1. With implementation scheduled for next September, the question of how to allot space on First and Second Avenues is increasingly urgent. Robust bus improvements paired with protected […]

East River Day Waterfront Tours

New York’s waterfront is being transformed. From Brooklyn Bridge Park to Throg’s Neck on the East River alone, over 1000 acres of redevelopment is slated to occur over the upcoming years. This scale of development is an enormous opportunity – and a risk. Too much waterfront development in recent years has created sterile, privatized places […]

Eyes on the Street: Red Hook Ikea Parking Lot Opens for Business

We hate to pile on more bad news today, but these tipster-submitted photos of the Brooklyn Ikea grand opening bear witness to the onslaught of traffic about to engulf Red Hook. Apparently, the cars queuing up for cheaply-constructed furniture are stretching the store’s 1,400 parking spaces to the max (which would explain why Ikea thought […]

Playable Streets

The New York Times has a story today about efforts underway to develop a creative new playground near the South Street Seaport. The city has been working with David Rockwell interior designer for Nobu and the Mohegan Sun Casino, on a playground that eschews traditional playground aparati in favor of foam blocks, water, cardboard tubes, […]

On the Changing Waterfront

Sunday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. FREEON THE CHANGING WATERFRONTMeet outside Carmine’s Restaurant at the corner of Front and Beekman streets (one block north of Fulton St. and one block west of South St.) From Battery Park City to the South Street Seaport, the waterfront of Lower Manhattan is beginning to realize its potential as new […]