We received a few emails to update readers on the sidewalk reconstruction on the Pearl Street side of the 68 Jay Street building. Well, here it is (above photo). Earlier commenters were asking the building owner, Mr. Guttman (who is paying for the sidewalk paving) for planted trees to ‘beautify’ the area next to the new Pearl Street Triangle. There are no in-ground trees on the sidewalk, but why “prettify a neighborhood whose appeal is based largely on its industrial past”? As commenter Rascal stated eloquently:
“…A major challenge to usage of this space will be that no food or beverage vendors currently populate this triangle. A cafe or coffee shop seems an essential anchor; maybe this will provide an incentive for such an establishment.
I wish the DNA had made the opening of the bridge archway their first priority with the DOT rather than this, although this was probably easier to facilitate, a faster route to evidence of action.”
Yes, we need a food/cafe in the plaza that will bring people to the triangle. If 155 Water Street is going to become the rumored hotel, the ground floor area will be perfect for a cafe.