Transportation Alternatives Cooper Square Festival, Cooper Square bet. E. 5th St. & East 8th St. , approved for April 2, 2011. This area has been heavily burdened with Water Tunnel work all year and and will, soon, be subject to major street closing and renovation (See new design for a full out mall or coverage at Curbed and also at BoweryBoogie ). Even before the ink is dry on the Astor/Cooper Plaza plan, Transportation Alternatives is staking their territory, it seems. NoHo needs to think carefully about how and when this plaza area is to be used. Remember, too, it is abutted by both Cooper Union, the new Grace Church private High School and NYU.