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Coming soon: Water Street POPS!

 |  Gurran Kane

In collaboration with the City of New York and other partners, NYCEDC is gearing up for Water Street Pops!, a series of free public events and activities including concerts, food markets, cultural exhibits and other programming within privately owned public spaces (POPS) along the Water Street corridor in Lower Manhattan. These POPS include the many plazas, pedestrian arcades, and other open spaces on and around Water Street in the area generally bounded by Fulton Street to the north, State Street to the south, Pearl Street to the west, and South Street to the east (View the map).

Water Street is one of Lower Manhattan’s most important commercial corridors; the half-mile from Whitehall Street to Fulton Street is home to more than 19 million square feet of Class A and Class B+ office space and over 70,000 jobs. Some of Lower Manhattan’s largest companies are located on Water Street, as well as numerous small and mid-sized firms. The area is home to some of the City’s most exciting amenities which include the East River Waterfront Esplanade, the East River Ferry at Pier 11, the new Fulton Center transit hub, and Stone Street’s outdoor cafes. With these assets, Water Street is well-positioned to become a more vibrant corridor, both during business hours as well as on evenings and weekends.

Water Street Pops! is intended to foster an active and vibrant Water Street experience through diverse and engaging programming for Lower Manhattan residents, workers, and visitors. To achieve this goal, the City’s Department of City Planning (DCP) has proposed a zoning text amendment that would allow events and activities in POPS throughout this year. Water Street Pops! complements other City initiatives to enhance the eastern side of Lower Manhattan, including an upcoming initiative by the City’s Department of Transportation to implement streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements such as new seating, more pedestrian-friendly crosswalks and expanded public spaces. Together, these exciting activities and improvements aim to energize street life, transform public perception of the area, and strengthen the identity of the Water Street corridor.

Follow @WSPops and stay tuned for the launch of the official launch of the program. 

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