Sidewalk to Park Conversion Dubbed “Canoe Plaza” Opens on 36th Street in Midtown Manhattan

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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.

Christine Berthet holding up image of cars lined up at Canoe Plaza

Christine Berthet holding up an image of cars parked along Canoe Plaza

“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.

Canoe plaza opening ceremony

Canoe plaza opening ceremony

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.

Canoe Plaza as seen from the sky, via Google Maps

A tree planting ceremony took place to officially open the new space.

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2 Comments on "Sidewalk to Park Conversion Dubbed “Canoe Plaza” Opens on 36th Street in Midtown Manhattan"

  1. Please pardon me for using your space: I had been finished.

  2. Looks very smart and economical. More of this please, everywhere.

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