Mayor de Blasio has big plans for redeveloping Downtown Brooklyn to make it a more accessible destination for visitors and those DoBros who call it home.
“This is one of the city’s great success stories, and we have an incredible opportunity to take these stunning communities, parks and institutions and knit them together," de Blasio said in a statement. "The investments we are making will help Downtown Brooklyn continue its rise, generate good jobs, and make this a more dynamic neighborhood to live and work.”
De Blasio's plan is broken into several sections, and includes the continuation of projects that are already underway from the Bloomberg administration. Among these are several changes to create more local parks, including the $1.4 million construction of Fox Square (the nexus of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street), which will begin this summer and include new paving, landscaping, and street furniture. The plan also tackles parks that have fallen into disrepair or sit unused like BAM Park, which will get a "major facelift and reopen to the public."
One of the largest parts of the new plan is the development of Brooklyn Strand, a 21-acre series of disconnected parks and plazas along the waterfront. The mayor's office announced that plans are already being developed to construct connections between these individual spaces, creating one cohesive park and promenade between Borough Hall and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
"I am excited to see Downtown Brooklyn’s full potential unlocked under this exciting plan, including its unique open space, which will soon connect Brooklyn Borough Hall to our one-of-a-kind waterfront, its outstanding arts community and its innovative institutions of higher education,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in a statement.
Other parts of the new plan include launching the Brooklyn Cultural District BID - which would allow over sixty cultural groups to operate under the same umbrella - and working to make the streets safer and less "uninviting" through redesign. Educational initiatives were also included in the plan, including an internship program launched through CUNY, and a college consortium for area schools.
De Blasio's team is also looking at the area as a space for new commercial activity, and will be renovating several city-owned buildings to make way for new retail tenants.