Greenwich Village is one of the world's most recognized and cherished neighborhoods, and it is central to our mission to ensure the streetscape is beautiful, clean and welcoming to both residents and visitors alike. The Village Alliance is currently raising awareness about the condition of the "Village Gateway," the primary transportation corridor and entrance to our neighbrohood.
Our efforts are centered on 3 components:
Renovate the W. 4th Street Subway Station to help create a more welcoming environment for the millions of riders that use the station each year. Priorities include: repainting the crumbling ceilings, cleaning and repairing subway tiles damaged by persistent water leaks, and making entryways more inviting. To learn more about these efforts please read the attached letter submitted to the MTA by local elected officials.
Transform Ruth Wittenberg Triangle. In July 2014, the Village Alliance placed a new information cart along with landscaped planters and bistro tables and chairs to help activate the space between 6th Avenue, 9th Street, and Greenwich Avenue. Plans are underway to create more pedestrian space in the triangle which will allow for more seating and the installation of umbrellas. For more information on Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, please check out this blog entry.
Enhance 6th Avenue with streetscape improvements. Along 6th Avenue the Village Alliance is working to create a beautiful, safe and more durable sidewalk for pedestrians. We are currently working to improve the health of the street's trees by widening tree pits, and aare in the process of developing a master plan to be reviewed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to guide property owners looking to make improvements and renovations. We are looking for appropriate locations for street furniture, such as bicycle racks and benches, while replacing unsafe and crumbling bluestone with tinted concrete appropriate to a historic district.
We believe these improvements are essential to beautify and strengthen the gateway between the Central and West Villages. With a safe and more attractive streetscape, we will encourage the area's continued economic revival as a place to shop, dine, and discover the history of this world-class neighborhood.
For more information about the Village Gateway program, please view the overview document attached below.West 4th Street MTA Capital Plan Letter 3 19 14.pdf (679.0 KB) 15_0201_Overview for Website.pdf (1006.2 KB)