NYC program for creating public plazas
- Via the CoolTowns blog, the New York program for creating public
plazas can be found here:
Pedestrians & Sidewalks
Information Session #2: Wednesday, July 23rd, from 4:00-5:30pm
SBS, 110 William St, 7th FL, Board Room.
See below to RSVP
NYC Plaza Program || Creating Plazas || Priorities || Apply || FAQs
NYC DOT presents the NYC Plaza Program. Through this new initiative,
NYC DOT will work with community partners to create neighborhood
plazas throughout the City. We will do this by transforming underused
streets into vibrant, social public spaces. This program is a key part
of the City's effort to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-
minute walk of quality open space. The NYC Plaza Program will re-
invent New York City's public realm. In NYC, the public right of way
comprises 64 square miles of land-that is enough space to fit about 50
Central Parks. The NYC Plaza Program will re-claim streets at
appropriate locations to make new plazas.
Sites will be selected based on community initiative and need.
Eligible community groups can propose new plaza sites for their
neighborhoods through a competitive application process. The City will
prioritize sites that are in neighborhoods that lack open space, and
will look to partner with community groups that commit to manage these
Partnerships will be essential to the Plaza Program. In collaboration
with the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), NYC DOT will
work with appropriate community-based organizations to establish long-
term, formal partnerships for each plaza. These Management Partners
(Partners) will eventually take on daily operation and management of
the permanent public plazas, once they are built.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE?
The NYC Plaza Program is open to all nonprofit organizations in any
area of the City.
Applicants must be:
� Nonprofit organizations operating in any of the five boroughs of
New York City;
� Incorporated in New York State and compliant with annual State and
Federal filing requirements for nonprofit organizations;
� Certified tax exempt under Internal Revenue Service Code Section
� Located near the geographical target area of the proposed plaza
IF YOUR SITE IS SELECTED
� Design & Construction. NYC DOT will fund the design and
construction of the plaza. Design will strive to create
environmentally friendly public plazas that are appropriate to
neighborhood context. Possible amenities may include tables and
seating, trees and plants, lighting, public art, water features, and
drinking fountains. To reduce liability, materials with low
maintenance requirements will be prioritized.
� Capacity Building Support. In collaboration with SBS, NYC DOT has
developed an arrangement that will provide eligible Partners up to
$50,000 per year for a period of three (3) years. Funds will support
personnel and training to help the Partners develop outreach
campaigns, surveys, public workshops, programming and long-term
funding plans, concessionary agreements, and organization development.
� Monitoring. NYC DOT will monitor the plazas.
Organizations will be responsible for the following:
� Outreach. Outreach to the public to gather relevant data and to
ensure active participation in public visioning workshops.
� Design. Partners will be expected to participate in regular design
meetings with NYC DOT and professional designers to design plazas that
are appropriate to the neighborhood context.
� Maintenance. Before construction is complete, the Partner will
enter a maintenance agreement with NYC DOT. The specific maintenance
services to be provided will be outlined in the maintenance agreement.
Maintenance may include daily sweeping and bagging of rubbish,
watering of plants, removal of stickers and graffiti from street
furniture and property, shoveling snow from pathways, etc.
� Programming & Events. To make the plazas vibrant centers of
activity and neighborhood destinations, the Partner will be
responsible for programming regular activities and events at the site,
which may include food or craft markets, temporary public art
installations or exhibits, music events, and so forth. Partners may be
eligible to run a small concession on the site as well.
� Liability & Insurance. In addition to keeping the site clean, safe,
and in good repair, the Partner will also be required to maintain
insurance on the plaza, as outlined in the maintenance agreement.
� Partners will develop a sustainability plan that will outline the
long-term maintenance and operations plan.
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Whether we are driving, taking the bus, bicycling or riding the
subway, each of our trips begins and ends with a walk as a pedestrian.
To make walking the most enjoyable choice, NYC DOT will reclaim
portions of streets in appropriate locations to share the public right
of way more equitably. These improvements will provide more space for
pedestrians by creating attractive destinations that allow for
convenient walking and for places to sit, rest, or to simply watch the
world go by.
In addition to creating new public spaces, the NYC Plaza Program will
strengthen the capacity of local organizations to help them become
long-term plaza partners. To do this we are partnering with community-
based organizations and the NYC Department of Small Business Services
(SBS), which will provide eligible partners with capacity building
Through public visioning workshops, NYC DOT and partners will develop
a conceptual design that will be appropriate to the lifestyle and
individuality of the neighborhood. A professional team of landscape
architects will then base their plans on the conceptual design.
Partners will be involved throughout the design process. Together, we
will design them to be safe, attractive, comfortable and social public
spaces. Once plazas are built, Partners will be responsible for
regular maintenance, management, and programming of the plazas so they
remain not only clean, safe, and attractive but also successful,
active and well-used public spaces.
For round one of the NYC Plaza Program, NYC DOT will fund up to eight
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Over the last five years, the City has added more than 400 acres of
new parkland, much of it by revitalizing stretches of waterfront
property that were abandoned by industry decades ago. Yet because of
our population density, the city has fewer acres of green space per
person than almost any other major American city. As the city's
population continues to grow, and as competition from housing, office
space, and other uses intensifies, demands on our parks and open space
The benchmark that represents an area well served by park space in New
York City is 2.5 acres per thousand people. For playgrounds it is
1,250 children per playground Nevertheless, many New Yorkers live in
neighborhoods that have an open space ratio of less than 1.5 acres per
thousand. For example, residents in East Flatbush have access to a
total of 4.8 acres of open space, or 0.09 acres per thousand people;
and the neighborhood's 12,000 children share only three playgrounds.
More than half the population of East Flatbush lives farther than a
quarter-mile from publicly available open space.
The NYC Plaza Program is prioritizing new plazas in communities that
lack sufficient open space.
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Please read the guidelines before applying. To download the NYC Plaza
Program guidelines or application, click on the following links:
Application Supplemental Information: As an appendix to the
application, please use this template to provide a list of the
organization�s employees and Board of Directors, as outlined in the
application (section: Existing Organization Capacity)
In order to save the application to your computer, you must have
access to Adobe Acrobat. Otherwise, use Adobe Reader, which does not
allow the document to be saved. To obtain the free Adobe Reader
software, visit Adobe athttp://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
Any organization interested in applying to the Plaza Program must
submit an application to NYC DOT. DEADLINE: All proposals must be
received BY EMAIL ONLY to plazas@... by 6 p.m. no later than
Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Fax or post mail submissions will not be
accepted. Applicants are encouraged to contact NYC DOT with any
questions well in advance of the deadline. To make the Public Plaza
program a success we need your help.
� Tell others about the program Download the postcard
� Contact Us at plazas@...
To learn more about the NYC Plaza Program and to have your questions
answered, come to an information session.
Information Session #1: Wednesday, July 16th, from 9:30-10:45am at NYC
DOT, 40 Worth St, Rm 814, NY, NY 10013.
Information Session #2: Wednesday, July 23rd, from 4:00-5:30pm at SBS,
110 William St, 7th FL, Board Room.
To RSVP for either info session or for other NYC Plaza Program-related
questions, you may contact Vaidila Kungys by email at
plazas@... or phone (212) 442-7154.
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