Back in November of 2015, renderings were revealed of the renovations that are planned to go into repositioning the Brooklyn War Memorial and Cadman Park Plaza. The upgrades are associated with a large-scale revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn’s parks and public spaces, dubbed Brooklyn Strand. New details and renderings of the entire 50-acre project can be revealed now that the two-year-long community input process has completed. The Community Vision Plan will now go through the city’s review process.
After former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2010, rejected plans to build a public park over a two-block span of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway between South 3rd and 5th streets in Williamsburg, Councilman Antonio Reynoso is re-proposing the project. Dubbed BQ Green, the $200 million project could potentially be incorporated into the city’s $2.265 billion budget for park capital spending, according to Gothamist. As currently envisioned, a concrete platform would completely cover two blocks of the BQE, while partially covering the below-grade expressway one block in either direction. The part of South 4th Street that currently spans over the BQE would be reconstructed as parkland, and the existing green space lining the expressway will be revitalized. The proposal also includes a baseball diamond, a waterpark, and wooded and landscaped areas. DLANDstudio is behind the design of the 2010 proposal. The project is expected to be discussed before the city’s budget is adopted.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has revealed new details and renderings of the ferry landings that will be built as part of the Citywide Ferry Service project. Ten new ferry landings will be built and six new ferry lines will be introduced, bringing service to Soundview in the Bronx, the Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan, Long Island City/Astoria, to multiple locations up and down Brooklyn, Governors Island, and finally the Rockaways in Queens, Untapped Cities reports. Many of the ferry lines will terminate at either the existing Wall Street-Pier 11 or East River-34th Street landings. The new landings will measure 35-feet-wide and 90-feet-long, and will feature canopies and wind screens. The routes are expected to open in 2017 and 2018 in phases. McLaren Engineering Group is designing, and Skanska will build the landings.
The MTA held the first of two major public meetings on the looming L train shutdown at the Marcy Avenue Armory in South Williamsburg last night. Top MTA brass presented the details for the two possible L trainocalypse options—a partial three year shutdown or a full eighteen month shutdown.
Perhaps you’ve noticed or heard about the new public Wi-Fi kiosks being installed around the city, often replacing payphones? Well, they’re called Links (the operation is LinkNYC) and the plan is for many many more. Before they are installed in historic districts, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must rule, and a public hearing on the issue was held Tuesday.