In some good news, a former Midtown parking lot sidewalk has been refurbished. Now, it has transformed from a sidewalk with a few extra trees into a pedestrian oasis similar to the High Line.
“Canoe Plaza” has officially opened, adding a green landscape to the formerly car-blighted lot. Shanti Nagel of Design Wild designed the avenue-long park on 36th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues. The work occurred thanks to Quadrum Global, owner of the Arlo Hotel brand prominent throughout New York City.
This project is also thanks to the efforts of Christine Berthet of Chekpeds and Community Board 4, the Hell’s Kitchen Hudson Yards Alliance, and the Hell’s Kitchen Neighborhood Association. The park is shaped like a canoe, hence the name, and also why the opening event featured a canoe and celebratory paddles to distribute among those who have helped.
A tree planting ceremony took place to officially open the new space.