Eyes on the Street: From Parking to Parklet in Hell’s Kitchen

Courtesy of Christine Berthet of CHEKPEDS, here are photos of what could be Manhattan’s newest public space, a pocket park on Dyer Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.

This plaza, conceived by area residents, occupies a sliver of traffic island on Dyer between 34th and 35th Streets, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. The space was formerly used for motorcycle parking.

Berthet says this is an interim installation, since plans are on hold to convert three lanes of leftover asphalt on Dyer into a park.

See the before shot after the jump.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

DOT Hell’s Kitchen Study Produces Slate of Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

|
The Department of Transportation presented the findings [PDF] of its five-year study of transportation in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood at a packed public meeting last night. The massive transportation analysis included many critical projects that have already been announced, such as the 34th Street Select Bus Service route and extensions of the protected bike lanes along […]

Streetfilms: Street Star Christine Berthet

|
Today, StreetFilms debuts Street Stars, the first of many planned vignettes for 2008 which will focus on the amazing organizers in our communities who are fighting constructively for livable streets. Hopefully, these Stars will provide a road map for change and inspire others to work to transform their neighborhoods. Their first choice is Christine Berthet, […]

City Planning Commission Approves 400-Car Garage for Hell’s Kitchen

|
Two weeks ago Streetsblog reported on the glut of public parking garages being built in Hell’s Kitchen, which threatens to worsen traffic conditions in one of New York’s most congested neighborhoods. The City Planning Commission could have set a precedent last Friday by denying a developer’s request to build a 400-car public garage as part […]

City Council Signs Off on 400-Car Garage in Hell’s Kitchen

|
Last week, the New York City Council approved a special permit granting developer Glenwood Management the right to build a 400-car parking garage at 310-328 West 38th Street. The decision was not unexpected, as the permit had already been approved by the City Planning Commission earlier this month. The garage, situated near the mouth of […]

Crashes Highlight the Hell’s Kitchen Bus Crunch

|
Last Monday, a left-turning coach bus driver struck two Spanish tourists in the crosswalk at 47th Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan, sending them to the hospital with critical injuries. On Thursday, another bus driver crashed into scaffolding a few blocks away, causing minor injuries to passengers. The local community board chair says that without adequate […]