Design firm WXY Architecture + Urban Design recently released plans calling for a re-connection of almost 50 acres of public space between downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The project, titled “The Brooklyn Strand,” aims to improve the quality of public space in the area and create a waterfront that’s more accessible and appealing.
The project began as a response to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s calls to rethink the area. During the design process, there were 50 site walkthroughs, multiple public workshops, and the involvement of roughly 250 community stakeholders, ranging from local residents, community groups, business leaders, and municipal offices.
According to Claire Weisz, FAIA, architect and co-founder of WXY:
“By design the Brooklyn Strand plan is an opportunity to adapt 1950s-era infrastructure into a new vision for true connectivity and accessibility between downtown Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and the waterfront. The Brooklyn Strand plan transforms leftover spaces from expressway plans that cut off neighborhoods, turning them into public spaces that connect people.”