Two local residents behind the Stryker Park push discussed their vision and opposition from others.
The reconstruction of the plaza will also feature new trees and planters.
Leaders of a 2,500-unit housing complex claim West 97th Street is already too busy for the plaza.
When completed, the elevated triangular park will provide 10,000 square feet of public space.
The Umbrella Hotel is scheduled to open in late October, with other developments following.
The trees will be planted on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place.
DUMBO's newest plaza will include seating, bike racks and a land bridge.
The Fulton Street plaza will have new trees and be oriented toward a statue of a Civil War general.
The city is spending $6.4 million to add a plaza and improve a park at 137th Street and Broadway.
The Talking Heads singer helped celebrate the grant, which will be used to maintain the plaza.
The corner of Meeker and Morgan avenues could become a green street.
Future Plaza will soon be home to a 50-foot long green wall made from reclaimed materials.
The project would make use of a space at Steuben Street and Park Avenue that is currently abandoned.
Freeman Plaza West is the first of four green spaces slated to open around the mouth of the tunnel.
The plaza would add trees, planters and moveable seating to create a pedestrian haven.
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