Community Board No. 3, Manhattan, New York City

City Construction Alerts & Project Descriptions

East Houston Reconstruction: Roadway reconstruction at East Houston Street from the Bowery to the FDR Drive, which includes sewer and water main replacement, reconfigured sidewalks, medians and traffic neck downs. Projected start date of Spring 2013 and projected completion date of June 2015. Community Liaison: Paul Kidder, email, call 212-387-0983.

Reconstruction of Astor Place: Street reconstruction and reconfiguration, includes the expansion of Cooper Park and creation of new pedestrian plaza. Currently in construction and projected completion date of August 2015. Community Liaison: Ameila Ramos, email, call 646-918-6658.

East River Waterfront/Esplanade Reconstruction: Ongoing work by the NYC Economic Development Corporation to construct the East River Waterfront Esplanade. The first phase of the ERWE opened to the public in Summer 2011. Phase III of the project extends from Pike Slip/Allen Street to Pier 35, just north of the Manhattan Bridge.

Pier 35/36 Work: 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. Structural reconstructive work at Pier 35 began in the first phase of the project and is expected to be completed in September 2013. Pier 35 will be redeveloped into a destination pier with landscaped open space and an innovative habitat restoration project, called the EcoPark.

Updates: Package 3 work, from Pier 35 to Pike Slip, has ongoing subsurface work in the northern section under construction. The 36'' water-main replacement on South Street, between Pike Slip and Pier 35 will begin Fall 2013. Package 4 work, from Pike Slip to Catherine Street, has a water-main replacement added to scope and the EDC is revising designs for early 2014 start. (Updated Nov. 2013)

Brooklyn Bridge Reconstruction:  Ongoing work by the Department of Transportation to improve roadway access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Work will include sidewalk closures, traffic changes and other rebuilding efforts. Community Liaison: Alex Rothberg, email, call 347-647-0876.

Manhattan Bridge Reconstruction:  The DOT has announced that the work of Contract 14, Manhattan Bridge Cable Rehabilitation is substantially complete.  The remaining punch list work should wind down by the end of January 2014.  In light of the completion of this project, the email account will not be active after January 31st.

Any future questions regarding this project should be addressed to:

Joannene Kidder
Executive Director of Community Affairs
Division of Bridges
Phone # (212) 839-6304

Grand Street Water Main Project: Department of Design and Construction project to install water trunk main on Grand Street, including each intersection in the Chinatown/Little Italy area of Lower Manhattan. Currently in construction and projected completion date of October 2017. Community Liaison: Nikita Sin, email, call 646-412-3502.

Forsyth Street Plaza Reconstruction Startup Notice: Please be advised that on or about January 5, 2015, The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) will begin a capital re-construction project of Forsyth Street Plaza, weather and field conditions permitting. The purpose of this project is to fully reconstruct the plaza with amenities including: garden lighting, benches, tree plantings, decorative paving, drinking fountain, two lane bicycle path and a public art work element. Work will also include installation of catch basins; chute connections; new storm sewer manhole; relocation of new fire hydrant; stainless steel A.D.A ramp deck with I-beam seating; and granite seating and steps. Community Liaison: Ms. Bridget Klebaur, email, call 212-966-6158.

Strauss Square Reconstruction: The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) is managing a capital construction project to implement school-safety street improvements at Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem School as part of the NYC DOT's Safe Routes to Schools initiative. The scope of this project will include, but will not be limited to, the following: reconstructing curb, sidewalk and pedestrian ramps; pavement markings and crosswalks; and traffic calming measures to improve pedestrian access and vehicular visibility at Strauss Square. The start date for construction work is mid-January 2015. Community Construction Liaison: Bita Mousavi, email:, call: 718-479-4404.

Water Main Replacements and Distribution of Water Main Extensions at Various Manhattan Locations: Please be advised that on or about April 6, 2015, 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.