Drawing a Line

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), a non-profit working to unify Brooklyn’s waterfront with a continuous 14-mile greenway, continues to make strides. The organization’s co-founders, Milton Puryear, Meg Fellerath, and Bian McCormick, are busy cutting ribbons from Bayview to Greenpoint. Soon a new section of the greenway will be unveiled on Van Brunt Street in the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood, the Naval Cemetery Landscape in the Navy Yard is nearing site preparation, and concepts for large nodal parks are being shopped around.

The BGI is a 21st century model for how to develop flood-prone zones of cities under unified guiding principles. With the aid of DOT and consultation from the Regional Planning Association, BGI is able to approach the disjointed, irregular edge from a planning perspective, setting up the framework for park development and a network of open spaces. As the Greenway continues to weave its way along coastal Brooklyn, so too will opportunities for park development, storm surge protection, and green infrastructure.

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