At last night’s Community Board 6 Transportation Committee meeting, DOT presented a proposal to extend the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway from Van Brunt Street to Valentino Park, providing access to the waterfront at Atlantic Basin. The route uses Summit Street and Imlay Street, travels through the Basin from Verona Street to Conover Street, and then connects to the park via Conover Street, King/Sullivan Street, and Ferris Street. It requires the one-way conversion of the streets along some sections of the route. DOT also proposed the addition of shared lane markings on Van Brunt Street and potential one-way conversion of one block of Reed Street and of Beard Street in response to community requests.
The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the proposal to extend the Greenway south.
Download the presentation here: www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2013-02-21-greenway-atlantic-basin-cb6.pdf
The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will host a benefit to support Hurricane Sandy recovery on November 12. All of the money raised at the benefit will go to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which will support recovery efforts throughout Brooklyn. The neighborhoods along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway route are among those affected by the storm, especially Red Hook.
The benefit will include a briefing by DOT’s Greenway czar, Ted Wright, on current Greenway projects.
Learn more about the benefit
Etsy has been using the Greenway to transport about 600 pounds of compost each month. They ride from their DUMBO headquarters to Red Hook Community Farm, where Added Value puts the compost to good use, teaching local youth about sustainable agriculture. Read more here.
There is a new pool along the Greenway. Brooklyn Bridge Park built a temporary pool and here is the info. The pool is located adjacent to the Greenway along the path connection Pier 2 to Pier 6.
Kent Avenue is the Brooklyn Waterfront's answer to a cyclist superhighway!
The NY Times reported today on Copenhagen’s bicycle superhighways. Check out the article here. Once the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway’s Implementation Plan is complete, there will be 14-miles of safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities paralleling the BQE, connecting waterfront neighborhoods to the City as a whole.
Photo by Julienne Schaer
Catch a flick along the Greenway. Syfy and Brooklyn Bridge Park are showing movies at Pier 1 every Thursday until August 30th, schedule here. So, grab picnic goodies along Columbia, work up an appetite with a jog along Kent Avenue, or even have romantic night cap at Valentino Pier. Enjoy the summer!
Come help design the future of DUMBO’s Pearl Street Plaza. The plaza is already an important destination along the Greenway route. Come out and give DOT your ideas on ways it could enhance your pedestrian and bicycle experience.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 17th, 2012, 6:00pm
Location: The DUMBO Loft, 155 Water Street, Brooklyn NY
Download flier here
DOT launched the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Project in November 2009 in an effort to formalize a community-lead initiative for a 14-mile multi-use path stretching from Newtown Creek to Owl’s Head Park. DOT-lead effort is built around three concepts: increasing access to the waterfront, improving pedestrian and bicycle safety, and connecting the numerous public open spaces along the waterfront. The project will capitalize on existing sections of the Greenway, including Kent Avenue and Columbia Street, in order to reexamine the use of public right of way and work with other agencies to come up with a long-term, implementable vision for a Waterfront Greenway.
In June, 2012, DOT releases the Greenway Implementation Plan, which finalizes the route and lays out the steps for completing the project. The document includes the finalized route, implementation framework and funding options for the 23 capital projects that will complete the greenway as funding becomes available to connect neighborhoods from Greenpoint to Sunset Park.
DOT has engaged RBA consultants on a 2-year master planning process in order to develop a short-term implementable design and a long-term off-street path that will guide waterfront development over the coming years. In late March, DOT will begin a series of community workshops focused on understanding existing conditions, designing the Greenway and then presenting the final route. There will be three workshops in each of the waterfront neighborhoods that the Greenway traverses, including Sunset Park, Red Hook, Downtown Brooklyn and Williamsburg/Greenpoint.
Our final round of community workshops is complete and we’ve posted all four presentations on-line. Each presentation includes: the Greenway’s background and process, a summary of the entire 14-mile route, and the proposed capital projects and future enhancements specific to each neighborhood.
The final Implementation Plan is still being developed, so please have a look at the neighborhood(s) with which you are most familiar and give us your comments.
Please come and see a presentation on the future route of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. The meeting will be held November 2nd, at Borough Hall from 6:30 to 8:30. Refreshments will be provided. Please come and give us your opinions.