Ongoing street construction on the same street for years is a part of New York City living.
In the 90s, during the reign of Giuliani (and perhaps David Dinkins), 14th Street was torn up for several years from 1st Avenue to 10th Avenue which seriously affected area businesses and kept construction crews and their overseers gainfully employed for what seemed no apparent reason.
After a final gasp of frustration and the participation of local media, 14th street quickly was finished as charges of corruption and stupidity swirled.
Today’s Houston Street is our candidate to receive the mantle of incompetence that the 1990’s 14th Street once had.
Just pave the damn thing and get OUT of the way!
Now, we don’t want to oversimplify the importance of the construction which is occurring on Houston. We’re sure those missile silos will come in handy with the conflict in Georgia having just started the next Cold War. (It’s all John Rocker’s fault.) But, can we at least see some progress year over year – such as removing the garbage dump that exists on the traffic islands near Broadway and Houston?
According to the Lower Manhattan info site, 2008 is year three of a 3-year, Houston Street construction project, and among the latest news “activities” dated August 6 is:
“E. Houston St. between Broadway and Lafayette St. Median
* Curbs – excavate and place concrete
* Setting cobble stone in the tree pits”
This doesn’t seem promising for a timely conclusion: three years to put stones in a tree pit.
September 4th, 2008
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City