Hidden Art in Binghamton’s “Walkway to Nowhere”
Some of the public art in downtown Binghamton rarely is seen by shoppers or office workers.
The work of anonymous graffiti creators has been on display in the Water Street pedestrian walkway linking the MetroCenter complex with the parking garage adjacent to Boscov's.
The bridge has been dubbed a "walkway to nowhere" because it leads to a MetroCenter entrance that now is always locked.
The plastic covering over the walkway has been damaged by arson fires and other means in recent years.
Time is running out for the urban artwork over Water Street. The city is planning to remove the bridge and a companion walkway over State Street on the east side of the MetroCenter.
Justin Marchuska, whose company bought the MetroCenter two years ago, said he's "extremely pleased" the deteriorating unused walkways will be gone soon.
Marchuska said removing the pedestrian bridges will boost efforts to beautify the downtown area.
The city recently received three bids for the demolition work. They are being reviewed so a contract can be awarded.
Tearing down the walkways is expected to cost about $250,000.
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