The project known as The Brooklyn Strand, which would link Downtown Brooklyn to the East River waterfront through a series of green parks and vibrant plazas, has been making great strides thanks to help from the local community. The architects behind the ambitious design, WXY Studio, coordinated with hundreds of residents, business leaders and local officials to unveil the new plan for a greenway that would connect close to 50 acres of public space between Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge.
In 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced a number of initiatives aimed at improving Downtown Brooklyn. In answering the call for improved infrastructure and more green space in the area, WXY created a design that would create a seamless network of public parks, plazas and greenways connecting Downtown Brooklyn to its waterfront.
Specifically, the Brooklyn Strand would link almost 50 acres of public space between Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge. Led by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership with architect Claire Weisz of WXY, the various community groups took part in more than 50 site walkthroughs, meetings and public workshops to re-imagine the current state of the area and come up with a viable plan to create the Brooklyn Strand.
“By design the Brooklyn Strand plan is an opportunity to adapt 1950s-era infrastructure into a new vision for true connectivity and accessibility between downtown Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and the waterfront,” says Weisz. “The Brooklyn Strand plan transforms leftover spaces from expressway plans that cut off neighborhoods, turning them into into public spaces that connect people.”
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