New York City has been having a lot of park openings, upgrades, and announcements lately, so this time around, it comes as no surprise.
But this park’s uprising isn’t just for more scenery.
Coming in 2019, a new green spot will open in lower Manhattan where a historic neighborhood known as "Little Syria" once stood.
According to Curbed NY, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation will construct the 20,000-square-foot park and will be naming it after the late Downtown Alliance president Liz Berger.
The location will be where Trinity Place collides with Greenwich and Edgar Streets near the Battery Tunnel Exit. Or to get an official landmark, it's a stone's throw away from the Leman Manhattan Preparatory School.
The park opening's intention is to recall the history of the area, which at one point was a diverse mix of immigrants from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Israel in the 1800s. The neighborhood was destroyed by Robert Moses for the construction of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the World Trade Center in the 1940s.
Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza will pay homage to Little Syria by showcasing the works of artists and writers with a connection to the area, which holds to Little Syria's pride in its immigration heritage and the impact they had in Brooklyn and NYC.
It was also announced that Sara Ouhaddou, an artist from Morocco and France, will have her glass stained piece featured in the park as the winning work out of four proposals.
Sounds pretty, so we may stop by for a selfie post and a talk about architecture with fellow enthusiasts.
The plans are to make sure the park's open and finished by 2019. The park will also feature pedestrian pathways that will link it to the 9/11 Memorial and Battery Park.
We can’t wait to see it open and have Manhattan's lower West Side be remembered for its heritage.[via Curbed NY][Feature Image Courtesy thebattery]