Greenpoint was once considered one of NYC’s most hardscaped areas, but things are changing slowly and surely for the Brooklyn nabe. New plans for a vibrant waterfront park at the forthcoming Greenpoint Landing complex were recently released and paint a verdant picture of the neighborhood’s future. Taking into account flood damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the plan by James Corner Field Operations (of High Line fame) calls for resilient features as well as plenty of tranquil green space and a beautiful community-focused waterfront.
Although 2012’s Hurricane Sandy was devastating to the Northeast region, it has placed resilient design at the forefront of current architecture strategy as seen in the Greenpoint Landing plan. Corner’s design for the new structurally-durable waterfront includes intelligent and resilient landscaping such as sloping, split-level terraces that will elevate the waterfront’s ridge to meet FEMA regulations. The elevated ridge will also be used as access to the river for kayakers. Also featured in the plan is the use of salt-tolerant greenery, chosen for its ability to absorb water.
Although the project is expected to take up to ten years to complete, the park will be constructed in coordination with the building of 5,500 residential units adjacent to it. The residential development, which will include 1,400 affordable units, broke ground on its first residential tower over summer and the second one is slated to begin construction next year.
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