Parks, Plazas, & Public Spaces | Downtown Alliance

Parks, Plazas, & Public Spaces

The Downtown Alliance works to keep Lower Manhattan looking its best. You'll see our staff hard at work tending seasonal flowers and plantings, installing holiday lighting and street furniture, and sprucing up parks and plazas. Our efforts make Lower Manhattan a beautiful place to live, work and visit.


The Downtown Alliance designs and maintains a variety of seasonal plantings at eight Lower Manhattan locations: Bowling Green Park, Trinity Park, and Liz Berger Plaza, Greenwich Street, Nassau Street, Water and Whitehall Plaza, Coenties Slip, Mannahatta Park, and Albany Plaza. Albany Plaza is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Water Street Enhancements

To provide much-needed public space along the Water Street corridor, we collaborated with the Department of Transportation to create three pedestrian plazas located at Water and Whitehall streets, Coenties Slip, and Gouverneur Lane.

Additionally, pedestrian sidewalk extensions (bump-outs) were added to shorten crossing distances and enhance safety along the corridor. The Downtown Alliance maintains planters in these spaces to further distinguish the space. 

Mannahatta Park at Wall Street

Funded by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and designed by the Department of Parks & Recreation in 2006, a new park was born with views to Trinity Church on the north side of the existing roadbed. At the east end of the site, the terminus of this allee is an artist-designed fountain, made possible by a donation from Deutsche Bank. The allee is formed by unique granite and glass benches. This contemporary park provides a lunchtime respite for Wall Street workers and a gathering space for all to enjoy. Through a concession agreement with the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Downtown Alliance has contracted seasonal food and beverage operators.

Trinity Park & Liz Berger Plaza

Located in the heart of Greenwich South, Trinity Park and Liz Berger Plaza provides much-needed public space to the neighborhood. The plaza is currently being re-designed to be re-built as one combined public space, offering users a more inviting and expansive environment.

Tables and Chairs

Expanding on the success of tables and chairs placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street starting in 2005, the Downtown Alliance recently added other areas for tables and chairs. You can also find public seating at: Water and Whitehall Plaza, Coenties Slip Plaza, Albany Plaza, and vrious privately-owned public spaces along Water Street.

Installation of Winter Holiday Decorations

Since the Downtown Alliance's founding in 1995, we have installed unique "shooting star" holiday lights throughout the district.

In 2015, Cooper Robertson, one of many Lower Manhattan-based architecture and design firms, won our design competition for a new iconic holiday light. This winning design was unveiled for the 2015 holiday season, and is on display from mid-November to mid-January.


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