The plaza will have game tables, a water fountain, tables and chairs and a permanent art installation.
A construction project has taken up most of the Star Academy and Neighborhood School's play space.
One of the two buildings that collapsed in Wednesday's explosion had a gas pipe installed last June.
The sustainability-oriented building has an auditorium for public events.
Fez Hummus Bar on Franklin Avenue closed as demolition began on a former gas station nearby.
The water main has been fixed, the DEP said.
More than 15,000 new units are in the pipeline for the neighborhood.
Fifth Avenue will remain closed between 12th and 14th streets for several days, officials said.
Residents are worried about traffic and a lack of parking when a new condo and hotel opens in April.
Both the Bushwick rezoning and the Greenpoint Landing plan came with unexpected affordable housing.
The hotel at 25-10 42nd Rd. will have 224 rooms, a banquet hall, grand ballroom and rooftop bar.
A cake in the shape of Hudson Yards' first tower marked one year since construction started.
Longtime residents of Skillman Street say they're the latest victims of gentrification.
The co-op had to hire a "hoarding consultant" and extra workers to cope with pack rat tenants.
The $450,000 project will include new dog runs and drinking fountains for pups and their owners.
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