Brooklyn Strand

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Brooklyn

Strand

Urban Design Action Plan


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Agenda

I

The Brooklyn Strand

II Community Engagement

III Strand Recommendations

1 Columbus Park

2 Tillary Parks

3 Brooklyn War Memorial

4 Gateway to Brooklyn

5 Anchorage Market

6 Bridge Parks

7 Trinity Park

8 Connecting Tillary

9 Park Avenue Crossing

10 Reconnecting Neighborhoods

11 Art & Innovation

IV Summary of Recommendations

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I

The

Brooklyn

Strand

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Overview

In July 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a series of initiatives meant to further the

successful growth of Downtown Brooklyn into a thriving, 21st century Downtown. Among

those was an opportunity to “Reinvent the Brooklyn Strand”— by connecting Downtown

Brooklyn to its waterfront through a reimagined series of disconnected parks, plazas, and

greenways – spanning more than 40 acres of publicly-owned land.

In response to this vision, over 40 stakeholder groups from the Downtown Brooklyn community

worked together over the two years to offer suggestions for a “re-imagined Brooklyn Strand.”

This community planning effort included more than 250 stakeholders, 50 site walkthroughs

and meetings with individuals and organizations, and more than 200 community members who

attended at least one of five public workshops.

The community vision around the Brooklyn Strand has the ability to transform the quality

of public space in Downtown Brooklyn. It is a major effort to also better connect people in

surrounding neighborhoods and to make the waterfront more accessible. The following package

represents the community vision as laid out in the planning process described above. It includes

both short and long-term recommendations to the City on how we can reimagine our

public realm.

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Building Off Brooklyn’s Accomplishments

WILLIAMSBURG

Brooklyn Bridge

Park

DUMBO

VINEGAR

HILL

Brooklyn Tech

Triangle

Farragut

Houses

BROOKLYN

HEIGHTS

Ingersoll

Houses

Whitman

Houses

DOWNTOWN

BROOKLYN

FORT

GREENE

COBBLE

HILL

BOERUM

HILL

Brooklyn Cultural

District

CLINTON

HILL

Barclays Center

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Brooklyn Strand Today

Brooklyn Bridge Park

MetroTech

Cadman Plaza Park - Lawn

Commodore Barry Park - East

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Brooklyn Strand Over Time

Sands Street, 1924

Sands Street, today

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Brooklyn Strand Over Time

1924

Original street grid

interconnects neighborhoods

with building lined streets

1937 - 1964

Cadman Plaza Park is

completed;

City fabric is interrupted by the

BQE, creating disconnected

neighborhoods

Today

Studying how to reconnect

city fabric and unlock more

public open spaces

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Brooklyn Strand Today

Cadman

Connector

Columbus Park

Korean War Veterans Plaza

Cadman Plaza Park

Anchorage Plaza

Old Fulton St

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Brooklyn Strand Today

BQE

Connector

Bridge Park 2

Bridge Park 3

Commodore Barry Park

Navy St

Tillary St & Park Ave

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Activities & Recreation Today

Brooklyn Book Festival

Columbus Park Greenmarket

Performances

Community Park Stewardship

Brooklyn War Memorial Events

School Activities

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Activities & Recreation Today

Afropunk Festival

Brooklyn Pit Bulls

The Diamonds

Community Park Stewardship

Community Dance Classes

Harvest Fest

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Strand Mission

The Strand is...

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Strand Mission

...a community-based, conceptual plan for

connecting Downtown Brooklyn neighborhoods

to one another and to the waterfront.

...an ongoing effort to bolster activities

happening in the area today.

...a vision to enhance public spaces that better

serve local communities and cultivate new

economic opportunities for all of Brooklyn.

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Strand Objectives

Reconnect

Neighborhoods

Craft a Gateway

to Brooklyn

Advance

Public Space

Equity

Explore Economic

Opportunities

Improve

Park Access

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Recommendations

6 Bridge Parks

5 Anchorage Market

8 Connecting Tillary

4 Gateway to Brooklyn

7 Trinity Park

3 Brooklyn War Memorial

9 Park Avenue Crossing

10 Reconnecting

Neighborhoods

11 Art & Innovation

2 Tillary Parks

1 Columbus Park

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II

Community

Engagement

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Community Engagement Process Summary

Walkthroughs with over 40

local organizations

5 community workshops

Reaching over 200 people

Logging over 300 comments

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Stakeholder Walkthroughs & Community Workshops

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Logging Over 300 Comments

Reconnecting

Neighborhoods

Parks &

Open Spaces

Activities &

Recreation

Amenities &

Services

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Comments for Reconnecting Neighborhoods

Improve Pedestrian

& Bike Connectivity

Better Discourage

Illegal Parking on

Public Land

Activate Streets

with Improved

Lighting, Amenities

& Services

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Comments for Parks & Open Spaces

Remove Fences &

Create Better Park

Access

Improve Park

Lighting &

Amenities like

Comfort Stations &

WiFi Stations

New Plantings,

Trees & Green Walls

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Comments for Activities & Recreation

Improved Park

Athletic Facilities

Places for BBQ &

Picnics

More Public Art,

Movie Nights &

Cultural Events

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Comments for Amenities & Services

More Affordable

Housing

More Local

Businesses like

Laundromats,

Grocers, &

Restaurants

More Athletics &

Community Facilities

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III

Strand

Recommendations

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Strand Recommendations

1

Columbus Park

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1 Columbus Park

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Columbus Park is an exceptional civic park, central to Downtown

Brooklyn and part of a transit hub which handles high volumes of park

visitors and pedestrians daily. The Borough Hall steps are popular for

sitting, gathering, and events. Columbus Park is host to an established

GrowNYC Greenmarket and home to the Brooklyn Book Festival.

The replacement of Columbus Park’s bluestone paving is currently in

construction. Planned improvements include the New York City Department of

Transportation’s (DOT) Tillary-Adams Streetscape Improvement Plan. The space

southeast corner of the park is currently being used as a surface parking lot to

the Kings County Supreme Court judges. This critical space is mapped park

land and sits at a key crossroads of Downtown Brooklyn adjacent to Fulton Mall

and the Brooklyn Law School.

Transform a lot dedicated to 36 parking spaces for local government officials

into an iconic public space complete with an elevated plaza, destination

restaurant, rationalized pedestrian and vehicular access, while retaining

parking below. Reinforce path to and from MetroTech with an improved eastwest

diagonal crosswalk north of Joralemon St and highlight Borough Hall.

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1 Columbus Park — Stakeholder Comments

Improve Adams St

crossing and accessible

connection to MetroTech

Eliminate fences;

create path through park

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1 Columbus Park — Vision Concept

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1 Columbus Park — Vision Concept Explained

Major public space

integrates judges’ parking,

an amenity space, stepped

seating and raised lawn

Shortened Adams

St crossing with

accessible ramp to

Borough Hall

Fences eliminated; opens

paths through park

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1 Columbus Park — Stakeholder Comments

Plaza east of

Borough Hall fenced

off and underutilized

Improve crossing

experience and

streetscaping

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1 Columbus Park — Vision Concept

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1 Columbus Park — Vision Concept Explained

Remove fences and

activate plaza space with

improved landscaping

and new seating

Major public space

integrates judges’ parking,

an amenity space, stepped

seating and raised lawn

Shorten

Joralemon

St crossing

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Strand Recommendations

2

Tillary Parks

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2 Tillary Parks

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Columbus Park connects to Korean War Veterans Plaza and Cadman

Plaza Park to the north. Both parks are characterized by mature

London Plane trees and formal, axial paths, typical of mid-20th century

NYC park design. Both parks’ edges are largely fenced or walled

that limit park access to entrances that no longer align with current

pedestrian desire lines.

To the west of Korean War Veterans Plaza is the Brooklyn Heights branch of the

Brooklyn Public Library. The construction of residential housing will draw more

residents to these parks and increase the demand for park space. Tillary St is

a wide arterial street that separates Korean War Veterans Plaza from Cadman

Plaza Park. DOT’s approved Tillary-Adams Streetscape Improvement Plan will

widen sidewalks and narrow Tillary St crosswalks to create a better link between

these two parks.

Integrate the Korean War Veteran Plaza into the surrounding neighborhoods

through improving accessibility and lighting, limiting unnecessary vehicular

access, creating additional plaza space, and emphasizing this significant

memorial. Across Tillary St on Cadman Plaza South, the approach to Cadman

Plaza Park from Downtown Brooklyn can be redesigned to encourage uses

which complement the successful active uses on the popular turf playing field

to the north. Two existing structures could also be renovated for destination

concession uses and public amenities such as restrooms.

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2 Tillary Parks — Stakeholder Comments

Korean War Veteran Plaza is

closed off from its surroundings,

especially on east side

Cadman Plaza East is

largely used for parking;

should be rethought as

a plaza that connects

surrounding parks

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2 Tillary Parks — Vision Concept

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2 Tillary Parks — Vision Concept Explained

Pedestrianized Cadman Plaza

East activates east edge of

Korean War Memorial Plaza

Unlocked open space and

enhanced connections between

Korean War Veterans Plaza,

Whitman and Cadman Plaza Parks

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2 Tillary Parks — Stakeholder Comments

Current paths do not

reflect pedestrian

desire lines

Closed park building

is an opportunity for

new park amenities

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2 Tillary Parks — Vision Concept

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2 Tillary Parks — Vision Concept Explained

New paths improve

pedestrian connectivity

through park

Reopen existing

structure as new park

amenity building

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Strand Recommendations

3

Brooklyn War

Memorial

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3 Brooklyn War Memorial

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Set in the north end of Cadman Plaza Park, the Brooklyn War Memorial

(dedicated in 1951) is a 10,000 square foot granite and limestone

structure dedicated to more than 300,000 “heroic men and women of

the borough of Brooklyn” who served in World War II. Robert Moses

planned to build five World War II memorials for New York City, one

in each Borough. The only one that was built is in Brooklyn and it has

been closed to the public for 25 years.

Borough President Adams has recently allocated $1 million to the renovations

of the Brooklyn War Memorial. Some improvements are beginning on

perimeter the this area: U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is currently

implementing the Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse Perimeter Security improvements

along Cadman Plaza East and Adams St. The improvement plan includes

limiting vehicular traffic on Cadman Plaza East (between Tillary St and Red

Cross Pl) and proposes incorporating a north-south 2-way dedicated bike lane.

The bike lane has yet to be implemented.

The plan to reopen the Brooklyn War Memorial would rehabilitate the building

and advance the vision for it as a war memorial and learning center. The

landscape and topography around the building can be opened and re-graded to

provide for optimal passive and active uses, connections within the park, and

views of the Brooklyn Bridge. This project has a greater purpose of reopening

the space to the public.

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3 Brooklyn War Memorial — Stakeholder Comments

Landscape around War

Memorial is currently not

universally accessible

Cadman North’s

lawn is in need

of an update

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3 Brooklyn War Memorial — Vision Concept

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3 Brooklyn War Memorial — Vision Concept Explained

Memorial renovated to

include visitors’ center

and is universally

accessible throughout

Re-landscaped areas

surrounding Memorial

are more inviting for

community use

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Strand Recommendations

4

Gateway to

Brooklyn

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Brooklyn is enjoying growth in the number of visitors, residents, local

students, and workers which are greeted with an abysmal entrance to

the Borough off the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian walkway.

The existing Brooklyn-side, Brooklyn Bridge stair entrance is located under the

bridge on Cadman Plaza East at Prospect St. This entrance is narrow, not clearly

marked or visible, and is disorienting for locals and visitors alike. To the south

of the Brooklyn stair entrance is Cadman Plaza Park which terminates at the

Brooklyn Bridge southbound Cadman Plaza West exit ramp.

The northeast tip of Cadman Plaza Park slopes up and the Cadman Plaza West

exit ramp slopes down, creating an opportunity to bridge the exit ramp and

create continuous pedestrian access from the park to the Brooklyn Bridge

promenade. This plan would cover vehicular traffic that cuts pedestrians off

from the waterfront, while creating a viewing platform with easy, rational and

universal access to the Brooklyn Bridge promenade. It would make creative,

adaptive re-use of spaces underneath access ramps and activate underutilized

parkland adjacent to the Bridge that could be re-opened as public markets,

recreation space, and world-class plazas befitting the architectural grandeur

and world renown of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn - Vision Concept

Enhance the Brooklyn

Bridge experience

Connect Cadman Park, the

promenade & Anchorage

Plaza with a new access

bridge

Lift Cadman Plaza Park

to meet new promenade

access bridge

Create a shared street

plaza at the bridge

promenade stair

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn

Make Cadman Plaza East

more pedestrian friendly

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Stakeholder Comments

Improve signage to

and from Brooklyn

Bridge walkway

Improve lighting

in park and

under bridge

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept Explained

Improved lighting

under bridge

Improved wayfinding

for Brooklyn Bridge

walkway

New painted bike

lane connecting to

Cadman Plaza East

New shared street

under Brooklyn Bridge;

traffic limited to service

and local workforce

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Stakeholder Comments

Northeast point of

Cadman Plaza Park slopes

up; creates opportunity

to bridge over the ramp

Cadman Plaza Park terminates at

a Brooklyn Bridge off-ramp; an

unpleasant and disorienting space

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept Explained

New access crafts a

new Gateway into

the Brooklyn Borough

Cadman Plaza Park lifted

to meet new promenade

access bridge

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn

Add lighting along

path off of bridge

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Stakeholder Comments

With limited visual

connections to downtown

Brooklyn, the Brooklyn

Bridge Promenade can be

very disorienting

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept

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4 Gateway to Brooklyn — Vision Concept Explained

New access bridge is

elevated above promenade;

creates visual connection

to Downtown Brooklyn

Illuminated bridge

improves safety and

visibility along path off of

Brooklyn Bridge at night

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Strand Recommendations

5

Anchorage

Market

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5 Anchorage Market

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Anchorage Plaza is a series of public spaces that wrap the base of

the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage. Anchorage Plaza is a Department of

Parks-owned space that sits as an entry point to the borough and is

closed to the public.

Anchorage Plaza, including the space to the east and west of the Brooklyn

Bridge (south of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway) and the space under the

Main Street Arch, represents 75,000 square feet. A majority of this space is

currently being utilized by the DOT Bridges Repair Unit.

With the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade stair and Cadman Plaza Park immediately

to the south, DUMBO directly to the northeast, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier

1 two blocks northwest and many neighborhoods within walking distance,

Anchorage Plaza is positioned to create a new civic commons that better

connects Downtown Brooklyn and surrounding communities to the waterfront.

In particular, programming the plaza as a public market would create

opportunities to support local business, provide new community amenities

and bolster an already active destination. Creating a greater destination at

the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge would improve the experience for

residents and visitors alike.

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5 Anchorage Market - Vision Concept

Improve pedestrian and

bike access along Old

Fulton St

Create a new promenade

along Anchorage

Plaza West

Create a public market in

Anchorage Plaza

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5 Anchorage Market — Stakeholder Comments

Lack of activity along

path to DUMBO and

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Poor pedestrian

connections surrounding

Anchorage Plaza

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5 Anchorage Market — Vision Concept

Note: Brooklyn Bridge arch blocks will remain closed.

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5 Anchorage 5 Anchorage Market Market — Vision — Vision Concept Concept Explained

Improved access along

Old Fulton St through

promenade and

widened sidewalks

Activated Anchorage

Plaza area and accessible

Main St connection

between DPR spaces

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5 Anchorage Market — Stakeholder Comments

Stair and elevator

access to Brooklyn

Bridge needed

Open up for exhibits,

food vendors, market

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5 Anchorage Market — Vision Concept

Note: Brooklyn Bridge arch blocks will remain closed.

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5 Anchorage 5 Anchorage Market Market — Vision — Vision Concept Concept Explained

New stair and

elevator access to

Brooklyn Bridge

Redesigned plaza

with flexible space

for exhibits, food

vendors and markets

Note: Brooklyn Bridge arch blocks will remain closed.

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Strand Recommendations

6

Bridge Parks

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6 Bridge Parks

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Bridge Parks 1, 2 and 3, wrap around the base of the Brooklyn Queens

Expressway (BQE). Bridge Park 1 and west Bridge Park 3 sit between

the BQE and the Manhattan Bridge. The York St Subway Station

(F Train), located on the northwest corner of Bridge Park 2, draws

pedestrian foot traffic from DUMBO, Vinegar Hill, the Navy Yard,

Farragut Houses and other surrounding neighborhoods. While they see

moderate use as a small pocket park and a basketball court, they are

exposed to loud noise from the Manhattan Bridge subway lines.

Bridge Park 2 and east Bridge Park 3 are better protected from noise but have

seen little public investment. Aside from a playground, this portion of Bridge

Parks is largely characterized by cracked asphalt and tall chain-link fences.

The athletic facilities are under-invested and underused. Because of the F

Train entrance location, there is a clear desire to walk through Bridge Park 2,

alongside the BQE, to access York St Station. This path is currently limited to

because it crosses through the playground for which access is limited to adults

with children. This path is also visually obstructed by an existing comfort

station.

Because of the strong pedestrian desire line to the F Train, proximity

to high noise levels, lack of lighting and sight-line, hard surfaces, and

being underutilized, there is an opportunity to comprehensively rethink

improvements to the Bridge Parks.

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6 Bridge Parks - Vision Concept

Improve Bridge Parks

Re-locate comfort station

& adjust playground fence

to better connect parks

Add more plantings &

park features that better

support community

activities

Create new Sands St

crosswalk

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6 Bridge Parks — Stakeholder Comments

Wrap BQE wall

with a green-wall to

dampen noise

Improve lighting

under bridge spaces

and sidewalks

Add green spaces,

seating, formal

playground, picnic

areas, event spaces

Connect parks to

improve access to

neighborhood amenities

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6 Bridge Parks — Vision Concept

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6 Bridge Parks — Vision Concept Explained

Green wall

dampens noise

from highway

Improved lighting

under bridge and

along path towards

York St subway

New seating and

gathering spaces to

support community

activities

Fences adjusted

for clearer program

areas and to better

connect parks

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Strand Recommendations

7

Trinity Park

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7 Trinity Park

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Trinity Park is a quiet pocket park on Nassau St between the

Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE). To the

north is a large area (approximately five acres) of Park-owned land that

is inaccessible to the public, cut off by BQE access ramps.

The interchange between the BQE and the Manhattan Bridge currently has

duplicative ramps that further decrease usable park land. Sands St (between

Gold St and Jay St) and Gold St (between Sands St and Nassau St) are

currently dominated by traffic infrastructure, lack pedestrian continuity, and

lack amenities and services. Also, there is a need for a crossing between Jay St

and Gold St. Pedestrian access to the Bridge is provided via Manhattan Bridge

Plaza. Though beautifully renovated, Manhattan Bridge Plaza is currently not

universally accessible. The Jay St east sidewalk is interrupted by the Manhattan

Bridge Jay St exit ramp, redundant with the Concord St exit one block south.

This area presents a large opportunity to reimagine and activate the large

and completely disconnected area north of Trinity Park and to improve

streetscaping and both pedestrian and bike traffic more appropriately

throughout this area. In regard to bike traffic, this interchange presents an

opportunity to further enhance bike access along Nassau St, reconfigure

access to the Manhattan Bridge and create a new east-west connection across

Flatbush Ave. Connections to the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway gives bicycle

infrastructure and connection to the Manhattan Bridge in this area a broader

significance.

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7 Trinity Park - Vision Concept

Consider opportunities

to reconfigure BQE-

Manhattan Bridge

interchange to unlock

more usable Trinity Park

space, creating areas for

BBQ, picnic & public art

Reconfigure bike access to

the Manhattan Bridge

Create ADA access to

Manhattan Bridge from

Manhattan Bridge Plaza

New Flatbush Ave

Extension crosswalk along

south edge of Nassau St

Improve Gold St

streetscape

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7 Trinity Park — Stakeholder Comments

Improve pedestrian

experience

surrounding park

Create safer environments

through improved lighting

Activate park with events

and spaces for gathering;

picnic tables, BBQ area

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7 Trinity Park — Vision Concept

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7 Trinity Park — Vision Concept Explained

New lighting

improves park

safety at night

New park facilities

for BBQs, picnics,

community gathering

Improved pedestrian

connections around and

through Trinity Park

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Strand Recommendations

8

Connecting Tillary

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8 Connecting Tillary

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Commodore Barry Park is an active park that supports many

community activities and events. It is home to the Brooklyn Pit Bulls,

a youth football team, and hosts Afropunk Festival, an annual music

festival founded in Brooklyn (2005). While the eastern portion of the

park has seen improvements in recent years, there are still needs for

improvement within and surrounding the park that have not been met.

South of the park, Navy Street is a key north-south corridor that connects

community residents to parks, schools, and public transit. High fences through

this corridor create the feeling of disconnected pedestrian pathways. Navy

St intersects with Tillary St / Park Ave at a traffic dominated, major Brooklyn

Queens Expressway interchange that has many difficult crossings for

pedestrians and cyclists. This interchange presents a neighborhood challenge

by leaving streets lined with blank ramp walls instead of active frontages for

local amenities and community facilities. Cars are parked and stored illegally on

the city-owned open space.

There is an opportunity to reconfigure the ramps of this BQE interchange

to remove the large physical barriers that further separate neighborhoods.

Additionally, adding park lighting, improving the sports field, adding stadium

lighting, and improving ADA access to the park are among the needed park

improvements. In particular, there is potential to create a more usable and

accessible park edge along Navy St. Any changes in programming that may

come with these improvements would be discussed with the community.

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8 Connecting Tillary - Vision Concept

Remove fencing, add park

lighting & improve access

to park spaces

Improve sports field, add

stadium lighting & running

track

Consider reconfiguring

BQE-Tillary exit ramps to

unlock surrounding areas

for other uses

Better discourage illegal

parking on city owned land

Create new plaza at Tillary

St & Navy St, eliminating

slip lanes

Explore opportunities

for affordable housing &

business incubators

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8 Connecting Tillary — Stakeholder Comments

Improve access

for wheelchairs

and seniors

Widen sidewalks

to improve

safety for all

Create new spaces

to relax and play

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8 Connecting Tillary — Vision Concept

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8 Connecting Tillary — Vision Concept Explained

New ramps

enable full

accessibility

Dedicated bike

lane and widened

sidewalk improve

safety

Remove fences to

create new spaces

to relax and play

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8 Connecting Tillary — Stakeholder Comments

Sidewalks are dark

and unsafe at night

Doubled slip lane

with car-pedestrian

conflicts at crosswalk

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8 Connecting Tillary — Vision Concept

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8 Connecting Tillary — Vision Concept Explained

New street

lighting improves

pedestrian safety

Quiet seating space

near residences

convenient for

seniors and families

New plaza and

gathering spaces

for community use

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Strand Recommendations

9

Park Ave Crossing

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9 Park Ave Crossing

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Park Avenue, between Navy St and Grand Ave, is a wide street that

runs underneath the elevated Brooklyn Queens Expressway structure.

It lines the south edge of Commodore Barry Park and the north edges

of Ingersoll and Whitman Houses.

St Edwards St is a small local street that intersects Park Ave. St Edwards St’s

north portion is limited to emergency vehicles, service vehicles and school

buses serving PS 067; it is a popular pedestrian route that connects both

Ingersoll and Whitman to Commodore Barry Park. This connection, however,

is not fully realized as the nearest crossings are Navy St and N Portland Ave. It

is typical to see families and young children crossing Park Ave here completely

unprotected.

Improve the pedestrian experience by implementing pedestrian safety

measures and address the clear need in this area for improved lighting and

street furniture, as identified by the community.

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9 Park Ave Crossing - Vision Concept

New Park Ave crosswalk

at St Edwards, connecting

Ingersoll & Whitman

Houses to Commodore

Barry Park

New seating, lighting &

planting along St Edwards

New outdoor WiFi &

charging stations

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9 Park Ave Crossing — Stakeholder Comments

Improve lighting

under the bridge

and at bus stops

Stadium lighting

for playing field at

Commodore Barry Park

Remove fences and

improve/add crosswalks

along Park Ave

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9 Park Ave Crossing — Vision Concept

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9 Park Ave Crossing — Vision Concept Explained

Stadium lighting

and sports field

improvements at CBP

New lighting

and event space

under BQE

New crosswalks

along Park Ave

Streetscape

improvements;

new benches and

street lighting

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Strand Recommendations

10

Reconnecting

Neighborhoods

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10 Reconnecting Neighborhoods

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Downtown Brooklyn and surrounding neighborhoods currently lack

connections to the waterfront and to each other. Discontinuous street

fabric, poor-quality streetscapes and limited park access are key

challenges in the area today.

The BQE’s ramps and interchanges separate neighborhoods and limit access

to park space. The Manhattan Bridge divides surrounding areas east-west,

particularly at Nassau St where there are currently two exit-ramps one block

apart. Streets with wide roadbeds, narrow sidewalks and a lack of amenities and

services also limit neighborhood connectivity. Fences and limited ADA access is

a challenge for certain park spaces.

The larger vision to reconnect neighborhoods aims to improve connections

between parks and the neighborhoods they serve. This recommendation

also highlights the opportunity to unlock large areas of publicly-owned,

currently inaccessible land through the reconfiguration of BQE and Manhattan

Bridge ramps. Throughout the Strand, there are opportunities to widen

sidewalks to promote pedestrian activity and to enhance bike networks. The

current insufficiency of local businesses, such as grocers and laundromats,

and affordable housing – gaps identified by the community – are all being

considered as potential economic opportunities along streets like Sands St,

Navy St, and Tillary St.

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Existing Fenced Open Spaces

Many parks and open spaces are

surrounded by fences that disconnect

them from the neighborhoods they

serve. Comments received during

workshops and walkthroughs

repeatedly suggested exploring

opportunities to remove or modify

fences in the Brooklyn Strand area.

Existing High Barriers

Existing Low Barriers

Park Fences

NYCHA Fences

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Traffic Studies — Trinity Park

Consider opportunities

to reconfigure BQE-

Manhattan Bridge

interchange to unlock

more usable Trinity Park

space, creating areas for

BBQ, picnic & public art

Improve access to

Manhattan Bridge from

Manhattan Bridge Plaza

Conceptual traffic recommendations

developed with SSE.

Further study is required.

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Traffic Studies — Connecting Tillary

Remove fencing, add park

lighting & improve access

to park spaces

Consider reconfiguring

BQE-Tillary exit ramps to

unlock surrounding areas

for other uses

Create new plaza at Tillary

St & Navy St

Conceptual traffic recommendations

developed with SSE.

Further study is required.

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WXY 102


Traffic Studies — Opportunity for Bike Network Improvements

Reconstruction of Tillary Street Area

A NYC DOT streetscape

reconstruction plan that will improve

safety through traffic calming and

enhance the pedestrian and bicycle

experience along Tillary St and

Adams St.

Existing Bike Paths

Existing Dedicated Bike Lanes

Existing Bike Friendly Roads

Proposed Bike Lanes

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Economic Opportunities — What We’ve Heard

More Affordable

Housing

More Local

Businesses like

Laundromats,

Grocers, &

Restaurants

More Athletics &

Community Facilities

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Ambient Noise Analysis

ARUP Engineering provided noise

analysis throughout the Strand.

Potentially harmful noise levels

occur under the Manhattan Bridge

at Jay and Sands St.

Possible noise dampening

solutions include buffering open

spaces from infrastructure with

strategic landscaping, open space

enclosures, and buildings.

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90

80

75

70

65

60

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Strand Recommendations

11

Arts & Innovation

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11 Arts & Innovation

Overview:

Current Conditions:

Opportunity:

Innovative art can be a powerful tool in community based urban

design. Part of the Brooklyn Strand Action Plan is to bolsters largescale

concept vision with an actionable arts initiative.

There are a number of recent public art initiatives in and around Downtown

Brooklyn Today, including Hank Willis Thomas’ ‘Truth Booth’, Steve Powers’

‘Love Letter to Brooklyn’ and Jeppe Hein’s ‘Please Touch the Art’.

SUPERFLEX, a Danish artists’ group, specializing in community-based, urban

arts initiatives, is working closely with local communities to develop art

proposals for several Strand sites called ‘The Streets are Lava’. ‘The Streets

are Lava’ is a short term, large-scale public art installation plan meant to better

connect Downtown Brooklyn neighborhoods for local communities, to animate

and provide better access to underused public spaces and to make visible the

potential of the Brooklyn Strand to a larger audience. Improved access will

be created through a system of connectors or ‘lava’ (bridge, walkways, street

crossings, etc.). SUPERFLEX is actively involved in the Strand community

outreach effort; as such, any programming associated to ‘The Streets are Lava’

will be drawn directly from community feedback and local interest groups.

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Brooklyn Public Art Precedents

Truth Booth

Hank Willis Thomas

Love Letter to Brooklyn

Steve Powers

Please Touch the Art

Jeppe Hein

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SUPERFLEX is a Danish artists’ group,

specializing in community-based, urban

arts initiatives.

The Strand + SUPERFLEX

SUPERFLEX is working closely with

local communities to develop art

proposals for several Strand sites called

‘The Streets are Lava’.

Brooklyn Strand Walkthroughs

Superkilen, Copenhagen, Denmark

SUPERFLEX

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The Strand + SUPERFLEX — The Streets are Lava

The Brooklyn Volcano (a.k.a the Streets

are Lava) erupts to create new paths,

enable new perspectives, and improve

connectivity throughout the Brooklyn

Strand.

Orange and black (hot and cold) lava

establishes a visual connection between

new areas within the Strand.

The Lava’s form and programming will

be inspired by community users.

We want to move high, low, through —

we want to move freely.

BROOKLYN STRAND x SUPERFLEX

BROOKLYN STRAND x SUPERFLEX APS

2016.0

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APS

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APS

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IV

Summary of

Recommendations

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Recommendations

6 Bridge Parks

5 Anchorage Market

8 Connecting Tillary

4 Gateway to Brooklyn

7 Trinity Park

3 Brooklyn War Memorial

9 Park Avenue Crossing

10 Reconnecting

Neighborhoods

11 Art & Innovation

2 Tillary Parks

1 Columbus Park

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