Photos by Jen Carlson.

The Manhattan Bridge archway reopened in September to the applause of many local pedestrians (and those who interpreted it as a parking lot!). However, for the past couple of weeks the space has been closed off. We sent an inquiry to the DUMBO Improvement District, and they told us, "To ensure public safety, the Archway is closed temporarily while its historic Belgian block roadbed is restored. This work is...part of our plan to return the Archway to the public as a pedestrian plaza." So sit tight DUMBO-ites, the archway will be back up and running (hopefully by next year)...until then, you'll just have to make do with stabber alley.