The money will go toward seating, lighting and other amenities, such as wayfinding maps to guide victors to local businesses.
“Diversity Plaza has been an integral part of our community,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm. “These improvements will go a long way to build out an asset that our community has come to adopt. Despite its slightly rocky start, this truly is the ‘little plaza that could.’”
When the plaza was first proposed, many community members and local business owners objected. Last June, the plaza hosted a Community Board 3 meeting, the first ever open-air community board meeting in New York City.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has also earmarked an additional $2 million for improvements to the plaza. Those could include public pay toilets, improved street surfaces and permanent seating.
Community members will have the opportunity to discuss and weigh in on the options at a meeting held later in the fall.
“We know that when communities feel ownership of a public space, those spaces thrive,” said Laura Hansen, director of the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership. “We are excited to be part of the new wave of civic engagement on behalf of Diversity Plaza.”