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PlaNYC 23rd Street Revisioning
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AIA NYC PlaNYC Charette

Concept from NYC 23rd Street Revisioning

Working with a team of architects and urban planners, Mr. Schaffer participated in the AIA Transportation and Infrastructure Committee PlaNYC 23rd Street Visioning Charette in 2009. The charette’s theme was adaptive re-use of Manhattan’s 23rd Street, a major east-west corridor in Manhattan.

Working with a group of architects, landscape architects, and urban planners, the proposed urban design solution developed by our workgroup was inspired by Barcelona’s La Ramblas. Focusing on the western terminus of 23rd Street, the proposal would expand existing park space into a spacious connection to the Hudson River parks. This would be achieved by depressing the West Side Highway into a tunnel configuration and re-routing local and through traffic around a new pedestrian park.

Depressing the West Side Highway at this point would help limit vehicle/pedestrian conflicts while maintaining a dedicated access for the postal facility and looping in local streets. A bus only loop and potential bus kiosk will serve to help more directly connect the site to the NYC Subway by way of shuttle connection to the 8th Avenue Subway. The bus loop can also serve as a staging area for servicing larger events in the area.

The potential re-design also opens opportunities for enhancing local infrastructure and expanding parks space for NYC. It keys into PlaNYC by promoting public space, transportation interconnections, and de-emphasizing automobile traffic.