Folks who think that downtown Brooklyn just wants to be midtown Manhattan may feel that they now have another argument on their side. However the Willoughby Street Park, dubbed “Downtown Brooklyn’s own version of Bryant Park,” is done so only in structure. That’s because the park will not only bring resources and economy to downtown Brooklyn at a time when the city and the nation need it, but this new park has a rich and full history which residents, historians, and the world will take note of.
According to the NY Post Blog, Brooklyn’s “Economic Development Corp…began soliciting proposals from developers interested in the $3.5 million project to build a grand public plaza along 1.15 acres of prime city-owned property on Willoughby Street.” In addition to hosting all manner of commerce in a section of town which has been caught up in red tape for years, the development “calls for a much needed 694 space parking garage.”
This is very good news and points to signs of an economic recovery literally around the corner. But what else does this mean for residents and visitors to downtown Brooklyn? According to the NY Post Blog, “the site is part of a larger strip the some historians say included homes that once sheltered slaves through the Underground Railroad.”
History, function, relaxation, and green-space; all things very much in demand in a borough of the city that never sleeps.