DBP has a new vision for the public realm in Downtown Brooklyn that will reorient its streets toward pedestrian use, and create a greener, more sustainable, and vibrant downtown.
Today, Downtown Brooklyn faces a number of physical challenges – from disorienting street grid connections and inactive streets at night, to congestion, gaps in the bike network, and a lack of green and open spaces. The plan tackles these longstanding issues head-on by reorienting streets away from car use, recommending changes to the bus network that mitigate prevalent stand-still bus traffic, and implementing a number of signature public realm interventions at key locations. In addition, the plan seeks to increase the area’s tree canopy and green infrastructure.
Created by DBP in collaboration with design firms Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG Architects) and WXY architecture + urban design (WXY), the study and vision look specifically at the core of Downtown Brooklyn, comprising 240 acres framed by Atlantic, Tillary, Court and Ashland.
The Public Realm Action Plan is part of DBP’s overall mission of improving the public realm in the Downtown area, and comes as work continues DBP’s Brooklyn Strand public space plan, which calls for creating connections and public spaces all the way down to the river and north to Commodore Barry Park, by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. DBP is currently working with the State and Borough President Eric L. Adams on implementing key elements of the Brooklyn Strand plan using a $10M grant under the State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.