The Archway – Manhattan Bridge Anchorage
The Manhattan Bridge is an iconic feature of the DUMBO neighborhood. The spaciously scaled (46’ wide, 120’ deep, 44’ tall) vaulted archway, which penetrates the granite anchorage along Water Street between Anchorage Place and Adams Street below the bridge, had been closed to the public for 17 years. In 2009, the NYCDOT reopened the Archway for public pedestrian use, and with the Dumbo Improvement District, engaged us to restore the space and reconnect the neighborhood. Our design adds up-lighting and benches, and uses found steel armatures and cobble paving to emphasize the grandeur of the historic structure, improve safety, and encourage flexible public use. Consistent with the firm’s deep experience of advocacy of public space through design, the proposed design honors the individual character of the site and community while satisfying engineering concerns, security constraints, and Landmarks Preservation Commission considerations.