Borough President Eric Adams shared his vision for rezoning Crown Heights at a community meeting Friday.
Felicia Tunnah, who took over the organization last September, was dismissed earlier this month.
The Center for Urban Science and Progress will make cities "better, cleaner and safer," the mayor said.
The move will change the face of Manhattan's lower west side.
Improvements including plazas and shortened crosswalks will be done by Labor Day, the DOT said.
Hunter College graduate students found problems with privately owned public spaces, or POPS.
Urban planners suggested parks and community spaces would be a better use of the South Bronx waterfront.
The park will host a series of talks on similar park projects in other cities around the country.
Officials are sorting out reasons for a statistical decline in the Upper Manhattan population over the past decade.
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