New pedestrian plaza space at Beverley Road unveiled

Transformation of Beverley Open Street adds 5,600 square feet of permanent pedestrian space to the existing, adjacent Kensington Plaza—more than doubling the plaza’s footprint

New Asphalt Art adds vibrancy to the plaza, one of 65 projects NYC DOT Art completed under the Adams Administration

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez joined elected officials and community members to celebrate the transformation of the Beverley Road Open Street into a permanent pedestrian plaza, the latest car-free public space growing out of the NYC DOT’s Open Streets program. This permanent redesign of the popular Open Street improves traffic safety and adds about 5,600 square feet to the adjacent Kensington Plaza. The new pedestrian space has been covered in an asphalt mural from Brooklyn-based artist Misha Tyutyunik, making it the 65th NYC DOT Art project to be implemented during the Adams Administration, comprising 15 percent of all temporary public art projects since the program’s inception in 2008. Photos and descriptions of these recent NYC DOT Art projects are available here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/nycstreets/U54380Nxcv.

“Every New Yorker deserves safe, accessible, and vibrant public spaces, and through our Open Streets program we are working with communities to bring these lasting benefits to neighborhoods across the city,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “As we continue to launch new Open Street locations, we are working to deliver permanent upgrades to existing locations like Beverley Road and coupling these projects with community art where possible. This is another great example of how we can effectively incorporate public art into our safety projects and we thank elected officials and the community for their support.”

BEVERLEY ROAD PLAZA EXPANSION

NYC DOT worked with a community partner in 2022 to launch an open street during weekends on the underutilized, westernmost block of Beverley Road, between East Second Street and Church Avenue. The transformation of this block into new pedestrian space expands the adjacent Kensington Plaza to create one large, unified pedestrian space totaling 9,400 square feet. Through the new design, NYC DOT shortened pedestrian crossings on Church Avenue, Beverley Road, and East Second Street created and created new loading zones on East Second Street for local deliveries to businesses and residences. As part of the transformation, NYC DOT will add granite blocks, planters, umbrellas, flexible delineators, and movable furniture. 

ABOUT MISHA TYUTYUNIK AND THE BEVERLEY MURAL 

Misha Tyutyunik is a Ukrainian-born painter, muralist, street artist, illustrator, and most recently, virtual reality artist, living and working out of Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he travels the world creating murals and is regularly commissioned to paint and illustrate for many reputable brands, publications and collectors. His multi-colored mural on the new plaza space, titled “A Conversation on Beverley,” reflects multi-lingual outreach he conducted in Kensington with residents to discuss the symbolism, colors, and words that best represent the community. 

ABOUT NYC DOT PLAZA PROGRAM

NYC DOT works with selected organizations to create neighborhood plazas throughout the City to transform underused streets into vibrant, social public spaces. The NYC Plaza Program is a key part of the City’s effort to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of quality open space. Eligible organizations can propose new plaza sites for their neighborhoods through a competitive application process. Visit nyc.gov/plazas for more information about the program and a full list of locations.

ABOUT NYC DOT ART 

The New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (NYC DOT Art) partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations and professional artists to present temporary public art on NYC DOT property throughout the five boroughs for up to eleven months. Artists transform streets with colorful murals, dynamic projections and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, jersey barriers, step streets, public plazas and pedestrianized spaces serve as canvases and foundations for temporary art. Since 2008, NYC DOT Art has produced over 400 temporary artworks citywide. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dotart, @nyc_DOT, @nyc_DOTArt.

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