Bogardus Plaza has long been a local asset but is physically closed to the public. MNLA's design for its garden and closed street is part of the public space program of the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT). By joining the garden and street in a unified scheme, the garden hosts a floating deck with egg-shaped seats, viewing steps, and a passage that allows for direct subway connection.
The design increases the garden space with plantings that buffer the visitor from nearby traffic and wrap around both ends of the plaza to form a protected central space for community programming. The southern end remains a commuter hub with appropriate amenities for wayfinding and resting.
Why eggs? Eggs were chosen for their sculptural quality and as a playful element for neighborhood children. Eggs harken back to the days when the area was known as the "butter and egg" district.