Strategic Plan for Downtown Brooklyn Unveiled

At the soon-to-open BAM Fisher Building, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership yesterday released two reports and announced a strategic plan for Downtown Brooklyn. According to the reports, downtown has already made big strides over the last decade. Between 2003 and 2010, employment grew 18.3 percent as median income rose by 40 percent and in 2010 the “greater downtown Brooklyn” area accounted for 17 percent of all private sector jobs in Brooklyn; much of that growth came in health care and education. New housing has added 15,000 residents. Here’s the vision going forward: Improve connectivity and cohesion within downtown, strengthen and diversify the business community, develop a distinct and unified sense of place downtown, encourage an engaged and active civic community, support Brooklyn’s cultural assets, and encourage economic development that is rational and inclusive. Specifics include enhancing the pedestrian experience with parks, plazas, and streetscape projects and creating a “college town” area for student events. Sounds good to us.
We Got Class [NY Post]
Partnership Video Celebrating Downtown Brooklyn [YouTube]
Downtown Brooklyn Hailed for Growth [Atlantic Yards Report]
DiNapoli Hails Downtown Brooklyn’s Economic Rebirth [Patch]
Economic Growth in NY’s Brooklyn Holds Lessons for Cities [Reuters]
Downtown Brooklyn has been Exploding with Job Growth [Daily News]
Growth in Downtown Brooklyn Strong Despite Weak Citywide Growth [NY1]
Photo by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

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  • Honestly, this sounds like BS drivel being promoted by the BID to justify its existence and revenue stream. Don’t tell me Willoughby Plaza and the sad excuse for the delayed park are the gems we’ve been promised.

  • Honestly, this sounds like BS drivel being promoted by the BID to justify its existence and revenue stream. Don’t tell me Willoughby Plaza and the sad excuse for the delayed park are the gems we’ve been promised.

  • interesting to hear that the presenting organizations all rep’ed by white folks

    although the downtown bk employment picture, shopping customers and many of the beneficiaries are people of color and our borough is rad diverse

    this was noticed……

  • interesting to hear that the presenting organizations all rep’ed by white folks

    although the downtown bk employment picture, shopping customers and many of the beneficiaries are people of color and our borough is rad diverse

    this was noticed……

  • Oh TD, you have so much good info/and to say, don’t be a Frownstoner

    so much more than you say: besides arena, five new theaters in bam area, street improvements, we also have huge university growth, mucho housing including some affordable, ingersoll being renovated (too slowly of course), connect R train to A/C/F, list goes on and on better food, better shopping
    jeez TD

  • Seriously this all sounds great but what are you offering for children’s education? You push to move in tens of thousands of people with no new elementary schools. Weak planning!

    • I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in the next 5-10 years you will see the Westinghouse building change from a high school to a campus with multiple small schools. There will be at least one elementary, middle and high school in the facility, and despite the fact the building was never intended to for those kinds of uses, Westinghouse campus will become home to the children of Toren, Oro and the like.

  • Seriously this all sounds great but what are you offering for children’s education? You push to move in tens of thousands of people with no new elementary schools. Weak planning!

  • Meanwhile empty lots just sit there, the PD and FD abuse their rights in the community (Parking, Access, Lazy Approach to Enforcement), LIU acts like a fortress not letting people walk through, no bus going south from MB to Prospect Park, no pressure on Catsmidus (sp) to finish the vacant lot on Myrtle he created, etc. Meanwhile, residents pay $$$ per month to support 6 figure earning BID execs who don’t really do much other than lame advocacy.

  • Small retail businesses have largely been ignored through Bloomberg’s administration, in favor of incentives for corporate chains to move in. The high cost of doing business in this city hits small businesses the hardest. Marty’s Shop Brooklyn program was WEAK. I see nothing but big dollars rolling into downtown, while small businesses suffer (and leave).

  • Small retail businesses have largely been ignored through Bloomberg’s administration, in favor of incentives for corporate chains to move in. The high cost of doing business in this city hits small businesses the hardest. Marty’s Shop Brooklyn program was WEAK. I see nothing but big dollars rolling into downtown, while small businesses suffer (and leave).

  • I don’t understand why the city won’t sell the Television Studio on Tillary to a developer and keep the bottom X floors for a school extension. What a terrible use of resources. Why not also put a school into the bottom floor of City Point Phase 3? Why hasn’t the area around the BQE been made more cohesive and ped. friendly? Why isn’t there a bus that goes from Prospect Park north on Flatbush? Why isn’t there a better plan for Hotels in the area? Why is the website still showing towers that the Gristedes CEO will never build (and has left the plot of land in a terrible state). Where is Joe Chan now?

  • “much of that growth came in health care and education”

    yes, lets plan for more big government.

    “Connectivity, Diversification, Community, Culture, and Opportunity”

    this sounds awfully fluffy. is this planning really for business and jobs, or just politicians?

  • Tucker Reed is great and will do just fine. TD is right about a lot of the ideas he has, without acknowledging that so much has been done.

    The Citytech site TV studio has been in development along the lines noted for some time, by Ratner and City Tech, Just hasn’t happened more cause of city side I hear. Tech wants more than they can pay for plus is in middle of huge multi year rehab/save the facade before it falls off thing.

  • Tucker Reed is great and will do just fine. TD is right about a lot of the ideas he has, without acknowledging that so much has been done.

    The Citytech site TV studio has been in development along the lines noted for some time, by Ratner and City Tech, Just hasn’t happened more cause of city side I hear. Tech wants more than they can pay for plus is in middle of huge multi year rehab/save the facade before it falls off thing.

  • BKV, the big statue that was supposed to go up at Flatbush and Tillary is another example of big promises and poor execution. How much did the BID file away for that and 2 years down the road and nothing.