The Department of Transportation’s NYC Plaza Program partners the agency with local non-profit organizations to turn underutilized DOT property into thriving public space.  DOT funds design and construction of the new plaza, while the non-profits are responsible for maintenance, programming, community outreach, a long-term funding plan, etc.

DOT recently selected nine  sites in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, for Round One of the Plaza Program.  These sites were chosen based on the City’s goals as outlined in PlaNYC 2030, and the following criteria:

  • Open space – whether or not the neighborhood lacked open space
  • Community initiative – the extent to which the applicant had developed a community plan, consensus for the site, and garnered local support
  • Site context – the proposed site’s relationship to surrounding land uses and businesses, proximity to transit, the presence of significant view corridors or historic sites, and pedestrian activity
  • Organizational capacity – the extent to which the applicant is willing and able to program activities, maintain, operate and manage the plaza once it is built
  • Income eligibility – applicants received additional points for proposals located in neighborhoods that qualify as low- or moderate-income

DOT is about to begin Round 2 of this initiative, and is holding informational sessions in each borough:

Monday, May 4
3-4 pm
220 Church, Rm. 814
New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, May 12
3-4 pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Staten Island
Tuesday, May 19
3-4 pm
Staten Island Borough Hall
10 Richmond Terrace, Conference Room 122
Staten Island, NY 10301

Wed, May 13
3-4 pm
Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Interested parties should RSVP to The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, June 30, 2009.