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Sound Off on Your Ideas for the Flatiron Plaza Redesign

By Noah Hurowitz | November 6, 2015 6:01pm
 The DOT is looking for ideas on the planned redesign of the Flatiron pedestrian plaza.
The DOT is looking for ideas on the planned redesign of the Flatiron pedestrian plaza.
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FLATIRON — Residents of the Flatiron and its surrounding neighborhoods will have the chance next week to weigh in on a permanent redesign of the pedestrian plaza.

The Department of Transportation, the Madison Square Park Conservancy, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership will host a public workshop on Nov. 10 to hear proposals on how the city should design the Flatiron pedestrian plaza and Worth Square, just north of the plaza.

The current layout of the plaza is not a permanent design, with many of its features built from temporary materials like above-ground planters, granite blocks to outline traffic, and epoxy gravel surfaces.

The workshop is the first step in ensuring a long-term future for the plaza, and all opinions are welcome, according to the head of the Flatiron Partnership.

“There needs to be a permanent design,” said Jennifer Brown, executive director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.

“We’re very open to having people from the neighborhood come and talk about what they want from the space.”

The pedestrian plaza begins at East 22nd Street and continues through the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue up to West 25th Street. 

It dates back to 2008, when the DOT reconfigured the intersection to allow for public seating and green space as part of a larger redesign of the Broadway corridor.

The Nov. 10 workshop will be held between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at 202 Fifth Ave. RSVP here.