A phenomenal example of how a "tactical urban intervention" helped to create a great new urban space and to chip away at the wretched "car is king" philosophy, in the heart of the Financial District, at one of the most significant crossroads of Downtown--the convergence of the Financial District, Chinatown, Waterfront, and Leather District.
Above we see a photo of 125 Summer that must've been taken no earlier than 1990 as that's when the building debuted. Well within my lifetime and those of numerous AB posters. There is no 125 Summer Street Plaza, practically speaking. The message to all pedestrians traversing the area is "go away, this is the ass-end of our property."
Now, here's what things look like, presumably as a result of pressure from the BPDA perhaps in concert with local neighborhood activists.
A glorious(ly simple) little downtown greenspace. Pre-pandemic, with Tatte open there, and Serafina's beer garden across the street at 100 Summer Plaza, this was a wonderfully vibrant spot during the summers. Even now, with Serafina sadly closed, numerous Tatte patrons and others avail themselves to the park on nice sunny days thereby activating the space and creating a sense of community and vibrancy.
The point is of course, the park didn't will itself into existence. Mentalities had to change and political pressure/advocacy had to be applied.
P.S. further proof that there used to not be a park there: technically, the parcel of land which the modern-day park occupies is still classified as a roadway by the City: 17 South Street.