The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation will soon break ground on two acres of public area surrounding the iconic structure’s exit ramp in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Most recently, the Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed plans to construct a new pedestrian plaza beneath the bridge, closest to Pier 1.
These plans include extensive landscaping, the installation of new asphalt and concrete pavement, salvaged granite seating, and traditional park benches. To help ensure public safety, the project team has also proposed new security bollards, discreet abutment lighting, and weather-proof light fixtures mounted on metal poles.
The site is currently occupied by a fenced-off lot at 11 Water Street, the historic smokestack building, the Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn, and a number of pedestrian pathways.
According to Eric Landau, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the unifying goal of the project is to create a continuous public promenade along the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront. Construction costs are estimated at $8 million and the project is expected to wrap by December 2021.
Landau’s presentation to Community Board 2 on April 27 was met with unanimous support.