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Ruth Wittenburg Triangle Improvements Coming Soons

Following requests by the Village Alliance and Community Board 2 the Department of Transport will soon commence work to significantly improve the Ruth Wittenburg triangle, and the intersections of Eighth Street and Sixth Avenue.

The work will address the current issues of misaligned curb lines and long crossing distances at West 8thand Sixth Avenue, vastly improving pedestrian safety in a notorious accident spot. New ‘neckdowns’ will  be created on the corners of West 8th & 9th Streets at Sixth Avenue, providing larger pedestrian standing areas with protection from vehicles making turns from Sixth Avenue onto West 8th & 9thStreets.

The Ruth Wittenburg Triangle will be expanded to create a larger and more pleasant seating environment, with the existing blue stone being replaced with concrete.

Once the work is complete the Village Alliance will improve the planting, place tables and chairs and roll out their summer information point providing information about the area, making the triangle the perfect place to stop, pause and take in the stunning architecture of the Jefferson Market Library and the sights and sounds of Greenwich Village.

Once work in the vicinity of the Ruth Wittenberg Triangle is complete improvements will take place along West 8th Street which include new ‘neckdowns’ and bike corrals, and new left turn and right turn lanes at University Place and Broadway respectively. To view the DOTs entire project plan, click here.

Ruth Wittenburg Triangle Improvements Coming Soons


  1. Paul Wachtel
    Paul Wachtel on 04/25/2016 2:35 p.m.

    My wife and I have long been astounded at how this potentially wonderful little space in the heart of the Village has been left to languish with extraordinarily limited and unimaginative design and landscaping. All over the Village, and in other parts of the city, Greenstreets has made small spaces lush with foliage, while the Ruth Wittenberg triangle has a few pathetic planters plunked down. I once inquired and was told by some official that the bluestone was landmarked and so nothing could be done. This seemed odd, because I remember (not that long ago) when the bluestone was first installed. Now it is being removed altogether, and yet still it seems that the lovely landscaping that can be seen at the corner of 11th and Greenwich, at Hudson and Bank, and elsewhere in the city will not grace this star crossed urban space. A few planters, a few chairs, an "information booth" no one needs? Why? Why does this potentially beautiful space not deserve the genuine landscaping evident at so many other small intersections in the city. Concrete? How about grass and plants rooted in real soil, not a couple of concrete planters plopped down on the concrete? Here's a wonderful opportunity to create something really lovely, and instead it sounds like it will be a pathetic failure.

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