How Would You Redesign the “Brooklyn Strand”?


    It’s no secret that the Brooklyn-side pedestrian entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge is terrible. Tourists from around the globe set foot in our borough for the first time beneath a dank and dreary overpass with little to no idea where to go from there.

    The Brooklyn Strand project, conceptualized by WXY Architecture + Urban Design hopes to change all that by knitting together downtown Brooklyn’s green spaces and bringing some of Brooklyn’s vibrancy to the area. WXY’s Claire Weisz presented the first phase of the Brooklyn Strand proposal in March, and Borough President Eric Adams recently allocated $1,500,000 for two of the proposal’s recommendations: reopening the Brooklyn War Memorial as an education and Veterans center, and redoing Borough Hall Plaza.

    But Phase II of the design — concerning the area under the BQE from the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges to Commodore Barry Park — is still in flux. Community Board 2 is soliciting ideas tonight at a public workshop.

    All Brooklyn residents are invited to attend this evening’s Brooklyn Strand workshop, organized by CB2’s Park Committee and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. From 6-7 p.m., locals will be encouraged to share their ideas at Fort Greene’s Whitman Willoughby Senior Center, 105 N. Portland Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided.

    Brownstoner’s going. Will we see you there?

    Brooklyn Strand Rendering

    [Photo: Barbara Eldredge | Rendering: WXY Architecture + Urban Design]

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