On August 24, 2016, the New York City Department of Transportation, Van Alen Institute, and Chinatown Partnership hosted a public engagement forum for the Gateways to Chinatown initiative. Community members and stakeholders were invited to voice their opinions and perspectives to determine the goals and themes that will guide the transformation of the Canal Street Triangle into a neighborhood landmark and community resource.
Ideas from this session helped to shape a request for proposals that designers will respond to for the intersection. The perspectives and priorities identified may also be used to steer future neighborhood projects and support community objectives.
Following the public forum, the DOT Street Ambassadors spent Friday, August 26, at the Canal Street Triangle project site and nearby Columbus Park, interacting with residents and visitors alike to discuss the effort and gather more feedback via an in-person survey.