As the Jehovah’s Witnesses place their Brooklyn properties on the market, the group has agreed to give the city $5.5 million towards rebuilding Bridge Park 2, located below the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in DUMBO. The park has been in limbo for over a decade, and previous plans to renovate and upgrade the dilapidated site never came to fruition. The redesigned park could have a skate park and a multipurpose field, although the Parks Department will have to finalize the redesign, according to the Brooklyn Paper.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is preparing to issue a request-for-proposals later this week to renovate and upgrade Pennsylvania Station, located under Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue between West 31st and 33rd Streets. According to the Observer, the project is part of the $26 billion investment in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), with the state contributing $8.3 billion. Multiple plans for a new entrance have already been put forth, one of which involves the demolition of the MSG Paramount Theater in replace of a glass enclosure, seen in these latest renderings.
Five environmentally-minded projects in Greenpoint received a total $4.25 million in funding last week, according to DNAinfo. One of those projects include the Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s planned USS Monitor Park, which was specifically awarded $599,200. To be located at 56 Quay Street on the Bushwick Inlet, the vacant property would be transformed into public green space. The shoreline would be restored and designed to protect against future floods, and a boardwalk would be installed. The Greenpoint Monitor Museum building will eventually be constructed on the same property, adjacent to a neighboring warehouse. AECOM is designing and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is partnered in the project.
Earlier this year, Curbed posted renderings of a proposal to renovate and reposition Downtown Brooklyn’s parks and public spaces, dubbed the Brooklyn Strand. And this week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams revealed parts of the project, which includes renovating the long-vacant, 27,600 square-foot Brooklyn War Memorial in Cadman Park Plaza. The plan also features a landscaped platform over the Brooklyn Bridge’s off-ramps to the park’s northern end. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the Cadman Park Conservancy are involved, and WXY Architecture is designing.
The Port Authority has approved a multi-billion-dollar plan to replace the Port Authority Bus Terminal between 8th and 9th Avenues and West 40th and 41st Streets, in Midtown West, according to the New York Post. The project will cost between $7 and $10 billion dollars, and funding will come from the sale of air rights, residential units, and commercial spaces. A design competition is expected to be held, and a team will be chosen by September of 2016.