Bridge 4 – In Progress – Timeline

Investigating Yorkville – PDF

April 17: Drawings/Sketches: -DONE

April 23: Materials Board – DONE

April 24: Prototype #1: In Progress – DONE

April 25: Prototype: Finishing Prototype #1 (try to get 80% done) – DONE

April 27: Start on the final model – started- DONE

April 28:  Final model: In progress – 50% finished – DONE

April 29: Final model: In progress (try to get 80% done) – DONE

May 2: Due/Finalize – DONE

History of Yorkville

Yorkville is a neighborhood that is on Manhattan’s Upper East Side expands from 72nd street to its northern East 96th street from third avenue to the East River. A beautiful and quiet neighborhood that is close to the riverside but also has its flaws. Yorkville has a high number of elderlies and middle aged business people. Behind that, the history of the neighborhood is important to look into. Looking at the 19th and 20th centuries, Yorkville was popular with Czech, Slovak, Irish, Polish, German, Hungarian, and Lebanese immigrants. From other research, it was said that German had the higher population in the neighborhood and its influence still exists today on Second Avenue in the Heidelberg Restaurant and with Schaller and Weber, the maker and purveyor of German-style meats. Earlier in history, George Washington had an Continental army in Manhattan; installed half and left many troops in the Yorkville area, given the defensive positions along the East River side to protect the other half of his army in 1776. Eighty years ago, there were 12 German Catholic Churches in Manhattan. According to recorded data, the census extent that make up Yorkville says that the number of people claiming German ancestry dropped to 7,075 in 2000 from 9,714 in 1980. Reaching 1920, Yorkville started to decline in its ethic diversity.

There were selected prints and photographs taken in 1971 and were appeared to be ordinary but influenced Yorkville. Yorkville has grown to be a working class neighborhood (explains why there are many businessmen living in that area) for 75 years. The apartment houses of 15 or 20 stories were built throughout the neighborhood starting from the late 1950’s.

Solution to the problem:

I want to redesign the park to create an interactive community within Yorkville in Ruppert Park. I have noticed the lack of interaction between the residents around Ruppert Park and my ideal goal is to encounter a community in a public space. In order to solve the problem, I have come up with the idea of including an educational purpose to the park where children can gain a learning experience with the growth of plants and sustainability.


Design purpose:

To create a community within the neighborhood. Designing a community garden will improve Ruppert Park’s community by bringing more people/students to the park to learn more about sustainability.


Materials for the prototype:

  • Pliers
  • wire
  • aluminum foil
  • foam core
  • hot glue gun
  • masking tape


Materials for FINAL model:

  • pliers
  • foam core
  • cork board
  • chip board
  • white glue
  • hot glue gun
  • tape
  • X-Acto knife
  • wood
  • clear polycarbonate
  • ruler
  • pearl stone
  • 28 gauge wire

Final model:

Making a tiny plant:


Model shots:


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