The Plaza de Las Americas at 175th Street and Broadway will be transformed into a town square.
The new plaza is also meant to help reduce traffic-related injuries and deaths.
The Ocean Breeze Track and Field complex, delayed by Hurricane Sandy, is set to open in October.
The space will have almost 5,800 square feet of riding space and boarding for horses.
The snowy winter caused delays in the $61 million renovation of the long-shuttered bridge.
Columbia Dean Feniosky Pena-Mora resigned after a secret faculty vote of no confidence.
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