The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation are working to turn a former cemetery on the Williamsburg waterfront into a public park. The proposal for the Naval Hospital Cemetery land, which consists of 1.7 acres on Williamsburg Street West between Kent and Flushing avenues, “calls for a landscape of native plants beneficial to pollinators such as bees, moths and butterflies that includes a large open meadow and a somewhat formal grove of trees all surrounded by a naturalized border of trees,” according to the Greenway Initiative. The property hasn’t been used as a cemetery for nearly a century and was used as a ballfield for awhile after that, though it’s now just a big, overgrown field. The rendering just released for the project also calls for some sort of theater and greenhouse. Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects are behind the preliminary design and are giving a public presentation about it tomorrow night at the Navy Yard. The Greenway Initiative is looking for capital funding to get started on the project.
What to Do with That Old Cemetery in South Williamsburg? [L Mag] GMAP
Last week an LLC called Buffalo Avenue Realty Associates picked up St. Mary’s Hospital at 170 Buffalo Avenue in the Weeksville neighborhood of Crown Heights. The large private Catholic institution closed in 2005. Surprisingly, it will not be converted into rentals or condos. The new owner has already leased the building to Prospect Park Nursing Home of 1455 […]
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Scaffolding has gone up on the side of the Coignet Building next to Whole Foods, above, where it appears the grocer is finally making good on its obligation to repair the landmark, Gowanus Your Face Off reported. As we noted previously, in December a renovation permit was approved and Whole Foods was fined $3,000 by the […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Private house Address: 218 Arlington Avenue Cross Streets: Corner Ashford Street Neighborhood: Cypress Hills Year Built: Around 1900 Architectural Style: Queen Anne Architect: Unknown Landmarked: No The story: Cypress Hills has a fine collection of housing stock that brings a smile to the face of most old house lovers. […]