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At $14.5 million, the West Harlem makeover will be a costly one, but the hope is that it will make the area more visitor-friendly. The revamp, which will reclaim the streets between Old Broadway and the Hudson River, will create an idyllic connection between the city and the newly developed West Harlem Piers Park, encouraging pedestrians to utilize the new green space.

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Mathews Nielsen plans to widen the sidewalks and improve crossings to benefit pedestrians walking to the park. The area will also be planted with a mini forest of native trees, to help amp up the air quality in the area. Seating will be scattered around so that visitors can enjoy river views, which will be framed by elevated structures. Additional lighting, plantings and greenery will transform 125th Street into an urban oasis.

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The project will also precede Columbia University’s plan to expand their Manhattanville campus, anticipating an influx of more students who will take advantage of the new green space.

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