Southern Boulevard will be a comprehensive planning process that will implement the Sheridan—Hunts Point Highway land use vision, land use and. The New York DOT proposes improvements for bicycles, pedestrians and public transportation on the Washington Bridge that connects Manhattan to the Bronx. This project proposes a bidirectional bike path protected by barriers on the side of the bridge to Manhattan and a bus lane on the Bronx side of the bridge. These lanes will provide exclusive space on the bridge for cyclists and public transport passengers.
This proposal also aims to improve pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and West 181st Street in Manhattan. The hype goes beyond the museum, as the 530,000-square-foot Bronx Point provides services for the modest-income community that gave birth to the movement. The building consists of 22 floors of residential, commercial and community spaces, including a Bronx Works pre-kindergarten and CityScience programs, which promote STEM training for urban youth. The waterfront site along the Harlem River, facing Manhattan, will also offer nearly three acres of public outdoor space including an illuminated esplanade and park with running trails, a much-needed neighborhood play area, barbecue areas, restored swamps, and a lush landscape of trees and native vegetation.
An entrance plaza under Major Deegan, between the Terminal Market and the new development will connect the latter to the wider community. The Bronx Point project is an isolated site, a rarity in construction in New York City, making it a little easier for the team to work. Photo courtesy of L+M Development Partners Many people had similar ideas for such a museum. However, Sánchez says that Rocky Bucano, its CEO and president, “was far ahead with key connections in the music industry and with universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and corporations like Microsoft, which provide technological support.
While serving as executive director of the New York Gauchos youth basketball nonprofit organization, Bucano discovered that partnerships to expand that program didn't work, but they did generate the idea of a music program, “the genesis of how we started,” he says. For a while, Bucano couldn't get the right real estate developer to attack. Then, L+M came up and asked him to partner in the request for proposals. The Universal Hop Hop Museum will be the cultural anchor of Bronx Point, located near the birthplace of hip hop in the New York district.
According to a representation from S9 Architects, Amarosa, the team excavated a 2-foot-deep “historic landfill” throughout the site, removing some 26,700 cubic yards of contaminated soil and replacing it with a clean landfill. He states that the ECD contractor was involved in the project early in the process to begin working with piles for the foundations during soil remediation and testing. The main structure of Bronx Point is a 269-foot-tall concrete tower that has a brick façade with a system of glass and aluminum curtain walls on the podium, the location of the hip hop museum. The second floor will be a landscaped terrace for residents, and floors 3 and more will be allocated to affordable residential units for tenants who must earn between 30 and 100% of the area's median income to qualify.
Bronx Point's waterfront space is an uncommon service for modest-income communities, but Marvel Architects knew that the public wanted and needed the outdoor areas. Representation made by Marvel: Open space also proved to be key in designing the elements of the project for the benefit of the community. Marvel partner Yadiel Rivera-Diaz says he's “very proud of the way the team members collected ideas. This included spending time “sitting” and interacting directly with users of the Mill Pond park, which will be connected to the new one; the latter will be managed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
The craftsmanship is carried out simultaneously to allow the building to be sealed before winter. Photo courtesy of L+M Development Partners To make the landscape “very resilient” and ensure that a railway line that was used sporadically along the river did not obstruct views, the Marvel team had to increase the park's elevation so that visitors could see above the passing trains. Other surfaces in the park will be permeable, to filter rain instead of throwing it away. He adds that the project could have an impact far beyond the Bronx due to its status as the first 100% affordable housing project nationwide to be certified by the Waterfront Alliance for meeting its Coastal Border Design Guidelines (WEDG), similar to LEED but used for waterfront projects.
Marvel also designed an illuminated entrance plaza without flora, which creates the walkway below Major Deegan to connect the Bronx Point project to the Terminal Market and the rest of the district. They met with museum architects to come up with major concepts that celebrate the elements of hip hop “in a unique, immersive, technology-based way, so that “people don't feel like they're stepping into an ancient relic,” Bucano says. The museum team has partnered with Microsoft and D. Fox Harrell, professor of digital media and artificial intelligence at MIT, will create virtual reality, mixed reality and other high-tech displays.
The so-called “smart museum” requires specific infrastructure, such as the environmental and conservation controls necessary to display clothes, discs, flyers and other “cultural artifacts” that people have never seen before, objects that have real value and power for many people, says the firm's partner, Nick Appelbaum. Reconditioning is just beginning, architects say. While spaces will be changing, especially to accommodate live performances, they still had to devise an approach to “fit the right amount of story into a finite space”. The visit to the temporary rooms of the Hip Hop Museum indicated what the exhibits might look like.
One part recreates the sounds and lighting of the Tunnel nightclub in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, which presented hip hop music during the golden era of the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Another screen consists of giant screens that imitate the shutters of the city's business doors adorned with fake graffiti that read: “Keep It Pushing”, with QR codes that the visitor can scan for more information after seeing and hearing them. Eydie Cubarrubia is a former regional editor for ENR in New York. He has spent more than two decades editing, writing and producing award-winning business news and presents content for The Guardian News, & Media, New York Daily News and other publications.
In addition, the project reduces crossing distances and creates shorter and safer pedestrian crossings. The project also proposes to convert Park Avenue into a protected bike path between 165th East and 188 East Streets, including a bidirectional protected bike path between 165th East and 173rd Streets, creating a new bicycle route heading south. The project would work to calm traffic, improve buses, improve pedestrians and connect bicycles to the Bronx, Mosholu-Pelham and Hutchinson River greenways. Bronx Point is the first affordable housing project to be verified through the national WEDG standard, the reference standard for waterfront resilience and risk reduction.
The project will include the elimination of one traffic lane in each direction in segments of the corridor, where feasible. This project will also include two new pedestrian crossings and painted pedestrian extensions to slow down turns and shorten crossing distances for pedestrians. The project proposes measures to calm traffic and protected bicycle lanes, along with standard and shared bicycle lanes to increase cyclist signage and close gaps in the bicycle network. This project proposes to add protected refuge areas at existing pedestrian crossings, close access lanes for pedestrian use, reconfigure left-turn lanes to reduce conflicts, and formalize pedestrian paths to complete sidewalk connections.
The New York City DOT is reviewing comments from the workshop that will serve as a basis for future street improvement projects in the area. The project also proposes a new bus lane on the Wilkinson Avenue overpass over the Bruckner Highway. This project proposes a bus lane in the opposite direction east on Westchester Avenue between Burr Avenue and the Bruckner service road in a northerly direction, a sidewalk extension and new pedestrian crossings, which together will support a Bx12 SBS stop relocated to the east. .