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Watch List Highlights: Friday, April 1, 2011

Watch List - Times Square Pedestrian Plaza Changing Streets: Dining in Times Square Plaza Starting this summer, visitors taking advantage of Times Square’s pedestrian plaza will be able to order food and beverages from vendors and local restaurants. The city is currently accepting proposals for both vendors and ordering/delivery methods. “We’re constantly thinking about how to make these Broadway plazas a great urban space,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said to the New York Post. Changing Streets & Lower Manhattan: Water Street: The City’s Next Great Street Project New York City is looking in the Financial District for its next street revitalization project. The New York City Economic Development Corporation will analyze Water Street to recommend ways to transform the street into a “pedestrian-oriented environment.” This move comes at the urging of the Downtown Alliance. The group released a proposal last year to create more pedestrian space in Water Street. The city is considering creating a street median and adding more public art. Water Street is one of the few Lower Manhattan streets that is wide enough to accommodate such proposed changes. Coney Island: Potential New Home for Queens’ Aqueduct Flea Market A group of individual vendors from the defunct Queens Aqueduct Flea Market is looking to lease the vacant Stillwell Avenue lot in Coney Island. If permits are secured, the flea market will run next to the city’s new amusement park, the Scream Zone. The lot, owned by Thor Equities, was previously home to Flea by the Sea, a similar market that was shut down last year. Lower Manhattan: Fulton Street Transit Center More Than Halfway Complete According to the MTA, the Fulton Street Transit Center is more than 50 percent finished. As work continues on the subway station infrastructure, the Fulton Street subway entrance on William Street is set to be open this July. The restoration of the landmarked Corbin Building, which is required so the MTA can start building the Transit Center Building next door, will be finished by the end of 2012. The completed center is scheduled to open in July 2014.
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