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Build Brooklyn’s Green Crescent Now

green crescent brooklyn waterfornt park plan map

If you’re from Brooklyn and want your waterfront back, the time to speak up is now. Read on to learn how you can make your voice heard.

Last year, the city rezoned 180 blocks in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Much of the rezoning was along the borough’s East River waterfront — a distance equivalent to that from Canal Street to 34th Street in Manhattan. The city’s vision is already transforming a historically industrial area with new high-rise housing and the beginnings of a 1.6 mile waterfront esplanade.

Growing out of its successful advocacy for a public waterfront, the MAS has continued to work with the Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning (GWAPP), the Regional Plan Association (RPA), the Trust for Public Land and Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects. The result is Brooklyn’s Green Crescent (download PDF at right), a community-minded vision of how to activate, restore and connect the shoreline to more than 40 acres of existing and planned parks.

The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation is now outlining how to address these goals. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, they will present a draft parks plan to Brooklyn’s Community Board 1. They hope to finalize it later this year. Learn more and voice your views at the board’s meeting. It takes place at North Fork Bank, 807 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.