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    At best - bushes and mid-height trees (with smaller planters)

    You could make them root horizontally, but you would need to design the planters to be supported with outriggers or some extended base in their narrow direction.....

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    Major Astor Place Reconstruction Is Actually Starting

    by Jessica Dailey





    Ladies and gents, the day has come—the huge Astor Place redesign has finally started. Signs are up near 5th Street explaining the plan, and while no heavy lifting has started, workers are prepping the area. First introduced in 2008, the plan was sidelined when the economy tanked, but it resurfaced in 2011 when the Department of Transportation revealed the latest designs by WXY Architecture. The four-part plan will enlarge and revamp the plazas around the Alamo and the uptown 6 subway stop, as well as widen the sidewalks near Cooper Square and freshen up Cooper Park. The biggest change will ease the jumbled intersection of Cooper Square, Fourth Avenue, the Bowery, and 5th Street with creation of the 8,000-square-foot Village Plaza. Every section will see new trees and more plantings, new seating, and new lighting, and construction will last for two years. Exciting times!





    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...2ea14298018f55

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    Great news!

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    Now that the crusties have taken over the new park in Maki's front yard, I wonder what this plaza will end up like in a few years after it's open? Sure won't be the empty pristine stuff shown in the renderings.

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    Let's hope not!

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    Crusty as in "well aged and mature" or as in an accurate physical description.......

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    "Crusties" as in the word used around downtown by local press and others ...

    Crusties not all high on traveling, but can’t leave it

    http://thevillager.com/2013/08/01/cr...cant-leave-it/

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crusty

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=crustie

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    K...

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    I'm trying to imagine that kind of life...

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    I imagine it is like less-healthy Granola....

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    There are more productive ways to waste your life.

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    See Updated Designs For Long-Awaited Astor Place Revamp

    by Jessica Dailey


    [Renderings via DDC Flickr]

    The signs went up a few weeks ago, and the official press release hit our inbox today—the extreme makeover of Astor Place and Cooper Square is ON. The designs, created by WXY Architecture, have been slightly updated since they were revealed in 2011, but the plan remains the same: enlarge Cooper Park, streamline the street grid, and create new permanent pedestrian plazas. The work will cost $16 million, and it's starting at East 4th Street, where new drainage catch basins, curbs, and sidewalks are being constructed. From there, work will progress north to create the new Village Plaza along Cooper Square between 5th and 6th Streets, with construction starting later this year. At the same time, Cooper Triangle Park will be revamped with new seating, more plantings, and upgraded lighting, and the surrounding sidewalks will be widened.




    Village Plaza rendering, looking north on Cooper Square


    Cooper Triangle Park


    Cooper Triangle Park


    Alamo Plaza, as seen from the 51 Astor Place


    The future subway plaza, with raised flower beds, additional seating, and wider sidewalks.


    Looking north in the Astor Place subway plaza


    Overview of the subway plaza


    Site plan

    In 2014, work will begin on upgrading the Astor Plaza subway plaza and constructing Alamo Plaza between Lafayette Street and Cooper Square. Both will receive new seating, raised planters, and more trees; in total, the project will plant 60 additional trees. The Department of Design and Construction is managing the project on behalf of the Department of Transportation, and Grace Church School and the Village Alliance will serve as maintenance partners for the new plazas once work finishes in 2015.

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2013/0...evamp.php#more

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    Now imagine that with a 60-dock CitiBike station running through Alamo Square ...

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    It's amazing to see how much this area has rebounded.

    A water feature would have been nice.

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