Worth Square Project

worth square

Background

The Flatiron Public Plazas and Worth Square expansion was implemented in August of 2008 as temporary spaces, stretching from 22nd Street to 25th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.  The project was initiated by the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) in coordination with the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership (Flatiron BID) and Madison Square Park Conservancy (MSPC) to both address dangerous pedestrian and vehicular conditions as well as provide 37,000 square feet of new, public open space to residents, workers, and visitors in the area.

Working collaboratively, DOT, Flatiron BID, and MSPC have reorganized traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle flows; added a traffic lane to Fifth Avenue, new crosswalks, and a bike lane connection; and beautified and activated the public space with amenities such as granite blocks, planters, tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Now this successful project is being made permanent by undergoing capital reconstruction, replacing, and upgrading all of the temporary materials with new paving, seating, and plantings. The first public design workshop for the permanent reconstruction was held on November 10, 2015, and further outreach is expected in summer and fall of 2017.

As an interim step in the project, in spring of 2017 DOT plans to implement a new geometric traffic design that is intended to simplify the intersection of 24th Street and 5th Avenue, enhancing pedestrian circulation and safety. This new configuration is meant to be the basis for the permanent reconstruction to follow.

The Project

To date, $10 million has been secured and a conceptual design has been donated by internationally-renowned architect Lord Norman Foster.

Public Benefits of 2008 Project

Improved Pedestrian and Vehicular Safety

Improved Transportation Flow

Improved Community & Quality of Life Improvements

Economic Impact