NEW YORK (PIX11) — Construction work is underway in a three-block stretch of prime real estate.
It is also known as an obvious and high-traffic hole in the ground on Manhattan’s East Side between the FDR and First Avenue.
Tracy Strann is the Executive Director of “Field of Light.”
“This is the only place this could happen in Manhattan on this scale,” she said.
Crews are transforming the famous vacant lot with 17,750 lights arranged in 70 pods near the ground. The lights change colors with the arrival of the evening.
Crews say it does not produce light pollution and no music. It is meant to be a peaceful experience.
British artist Bruce Munro is the creator of this installation and other fields of light around the world.
“In a sense, it’s being held by the city. This usually commands a space. But it is a window box of flowers and light” he said.
It turns on mid-December and will be up for a year every night between 5 and 9 pm.
People with free tickets can go inside along the walking path on Thurs, Friday and Saturday nights.
It’s also made to be viewed from the sidewalk and the street.
The lot has sat empty for years as developers debated plans and ownership changed. It was the site of a con-ed plant decades ago.
The Soloviev Group is the current owner and has built a residential tower across the street.
“This is part of the revitalization not only after COVID but these difficult times,” said Michael Hershman with the Soloviev Group.
The developers have been talking about an entertainment zone and have proposed one of the downstate casinos for this location. Those decisions are in the early stages and will be made by the state.
The area is zoned residential with some commercial.