Community Board No. 3, Manhattan, New York City




City Construction Alerts & Project Descriptions

East River Waterfront/Esplanade Reconstruction: Ongoing work by the NYC Economic Development Corporation to construct the East River Waterfront Esplanade. The Esplanade just south of Pier 35 will provide nearly 1,000 linear feet of open space park. It will include the same design features and seating areas as the rest of the Esplanade, in addition to active recreational uses like basketball courts, a petanque/bocce court, and an exercise area.

The first phases of the ERWE opened to the public in Summer 2011 and included the start of structural reconstructive work at Pier 35. Pier 35 will be redeveloped into a destination pier with landscaped open space and an innovative habitat restoration project, called the EcoPark.

Phase III of the project extends from Pike Slip/Allen Street to Pier 35, just North of the Manhattan Bridge. All major work here has been completed.

Phase IV of the project extends from Catherine Street to Pike Slip/Allen Street. EDC will soon be bidding out work for this piece of the project.

Rutgers Slip Pavilion is also included within the scope of the project. The building space still needs to be designed and permitted, with an expected construction start date of August or September 2016.

All work for Pier 35, Catherine Street to Pike Slip/Allen Street, and Rutgers Slip Pavilion should be completed late 2017 or early 2018.
Manhattan Bridge – Mobility and Safety Improvements: After requests from the community for pedestrian safety enhancements around the mouth of the Manhattan Bridge, NYC DOT is proposing to convert the Lower Roadway of the Bridge to Manhattan-bound at all times, eliminating daily reversals. This traffic pattern change allows for significant pedestrian improvements, including expanded pedestrian space, shorter crossings, new crosswalks and signal infrastructure, and improved traffic alignments while maintaining current traffic capacities. The location is a Vision Zero Priority intersection and ranks in the top 10% for most dangerous intersections in the borough. The project will improve safety for all users. Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Brooklyn Community Board 2 in May 2015) Download a slideshow about the project (pdf) (Presented to Manhattan Community Board 3 in May 2015). Community Liaison: Jennifer Leung, email jleung@dot.nyc.gov, call 212-839-7135. You can request to be included in weekly email information blast.

Williamsburg Bridge

Water Main Replacements and Distribution of Water Main Extensions at Various Manhattan Locations: Please be advised that on or about April 6, 2015 thru 2018, The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) will begin Water Main Replacements and Distribution of Water Main Extensions at various Manhattan locations, weather and field conditions permitting. The purpose of this project is to enlarge existing water mains to service more New Yorkers, as well as replace older water mains to improve the quality of water service. Community Liaison: Amanda Girgis, email med625ccl@gmail.com, call 646-723-9925. You can request to be included in weekly email information blast.