The Downtown Core has major thoroughfares and unusual street grid configurations that make connections between its three main areas--the Civic Center, MetroTech and the Fulton Mall--confusing and potentially unsafe. All three areas would also benefit from improved connections with the waterfront and other focus areas.
Clearer connection and safer crossings are needed between the Civic Center and MetroTech at Adams and Jay streets. This could be accomplished with changes to signal timing, crosswalk locations and landscaping design where crosswalks meet sidewalks. Bicycle lanes along Adams Street should be redesigned to prevent cars from parking in them.
The MetroTech streetscape treatment should be extended south to Willoughby Street to create a unified streetscape for the space between MetroTech and the Fulton Street Mall. A unified streetscape along Jay Street, extending from Livingston Street north to Tillary Street and into the Manhattan Bridge focus area, would encourage pedestrian movement toward the waterfront.