The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership is installing 28 new tree guards and 22 new tree benches on Myrtle Avenue before the new year. This is the second phase of installation; 40 tree guards and benches went on the avenue in the summer of 2011. The design for the two types of tree guards was reached through a community process and the panels were designed by 24 local artists. Designs range from graphic patterns and shapes to abstractions of real-world objects. According to MARP, “For this phase of the street furniture program, the Partnership worked with art teachers at neighborhood schools, with 10 of the selected panel designs coming from students at these schools, some as young as preschoolers.” They plan to raise more funds for a third round of tree guards, likely in areas slated for capital improvement projects in the near future, like the Myrtle Pedestrian Plaza. Check out a picture of the designs at the MARP Flickr page!
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Newly appointed chairman of the City Council’s Land Use Committee, Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, who represents Bensonhurst, Borough Park, and Midwood, came out against landmarking Thursday, saying it reduces affordable housing, Crain’s reported. “None of us exists in a vacuum,” he said to Robert Tierney, chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, at a hearing. “In […]
A look at Brooklyn, then and now. Charity in post-Civil War Brooklyn was as segregated as the society at large. When it came to the large institutions that were built to help the orphaned or the elderly, they were all geared to helping just one group of people, keeping everyone separate. The Jewish orphans went […]
A well-known photographer has purchased 10,000 square feet of vacant property at 977 Pacific Street in Crown Heights and plans to build a photography studio on the site, according to a broker involved in the deal. The photographer, whose identity was not disclosed, closed on the five lots at Pacific and Grand Streets yesterday for […]
The end of North Henry Street will be transformed into a public shoreline, thanks to the first round of grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund. The group announced funding for 18 small-grant projects yesterday. The Newtown Creek Alliance will get $25,000 for its shoreline project, DNAinfo reported. (Above, Newtown Creek flowing into the East […]
Developer Park Tower Group has gotten the ball rolling on the hotly debated Greenpoint Landing development by filing a building application for a six-story mixed-use building at 21 Commercial Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the 85,033-square-foot structure will have ground floor commercial space and 93 units on prime Greenpoint waterfront land, according to a new […]