Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with design firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and WXY architecture + urban design (WXY), has developed a new vision and roadmap to transform the public realm of Downtown Brooklyn by reclaiming its streets for greater pedestrian use and creating attractive, accessible public spaces that prioritize people and the environment.

DBP’s plan puts forth a series of transformative measures that will take Downtown Brooklyn from a traditional central business district geared to car-oriented uses, to a citywide leader in designing a downtown for people.

Since its 2004 rezoning, Downtown Brooklyn has grown to become a vital mixed-use neighborhood, with significant increases in residential population, new businesses, and jobs. The current streetscape does not meet the needs of its primary users — pedestrians, cyclists, and mass transit riders.

How can we tackle existing challenges:

lack of green space
multi-modal conflict and vehicular congestion
narrow and substandard sidewalks
placard parking abuse
disorienting street grids
inconsistent streetscape + identity

and prepare the district for future growth?

The Plan focuses on the streets between Willoughby and Schermerhorn Streets north and south of the Fulton Mall, mapping a core network of shared streets, new public spaces, and increased biodiversity - with the goals of making Downtown Brooklyn a signature destination and a more livable neighborhood for all.


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[Hoyt St. Streetscape - under construction. October 2021]

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Concept sketches for illustrative purposes only; final design requires DPR approval.

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Concept sketches for illustrative purposes only; final design requires DPR approval.

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This NYCxDesign Festival panel discussion moderated by journalist John Surico, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership president Regina Myer, Kate Cella (Bjarke Ingels Group), and Claire Weisz (WXY Studio), discuss the Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Action Plan.

Created by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) with design firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and WXY architecture + urban design (WXY), the Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Plan puts forth a series of transformative measures that will take Downtown Brooklyn from a traditional central business district geared to car-oriented uses, to a citywide leader in reclaiming streets for greater pedestrian use and creating public spaces that prioritize people and the environment.
The Plan was developed in close collaboration with NYC DOT, NYC Parks, and a 50+ member steering committee including local resident associations, cultural organizations, educational institutions, businesses, property owners, and houses of worship. DBP thanks the members of our steering committee below for their input during the two-year process of creating the Downtown Brooklyn Public Realm Plan.
Design Team: BJARKE INGELS GROUP (BIG), W X Y architecture + urban design, Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA)