They also don't appear to make much money for the city, officials say.
Residents have been asked for ideas on how $1 million in budget funds should be spent in the district.
A plan to make Orchard Street safer for bikes and pedestrians got the green light from CB3.
Two police officers will patrol in and around the plaza, according to the deputy inspector.
The pedestrian plaza is planned for Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer avenues.
Roosevelt Avenue near 90th Street was the site of two recent murders in the neighborhood.
City Councilman Daniel Dromm and the DOT will contribute a combined $2.5 million to improve the plaza.
The Lower East Side BID is looking for designs for 2,000 square feet of pavement.
The plans for the plaza will also include more greenery and seating.
Union Avenue, which cuts through the park, will become part of the green space.
Nearby residents decried the idea of putting a public plaza on West 97th Street.
The Department of Transportation said it wouldn't pursue the project while J.D. Carlisle opposed it.
Baruch College held a ribbon-cutting for the plaza, between Third and Lexington avenues.
The university is turning the block between Third and Lexington avenues into a pedestrian plaza.
J.D. Carlisle told CB6 it would yank its support for another project unless the market was pushed out.
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