The Downtown Brooklyn Rezoning and Development Plan is giving Downtown a makeover, there’s no doubt about that. Here’s a recap of some of the recent developments if you’d like to check them out:
— BAM Fisher Building broke ground
—The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel opened
—Free WiFi to Willoughby Plaza, Columbus Park, and Albee Square (may not be in all areas yet)
—The Flatbush Avenue Streetscape Project
—Downtown Brooklyn Art Map
—Double Take at the Metro Tech Center
—The Fulton Streetscape Project
—The Fulton Mall Improvement Associations’ small business and storefront windows program
—Launch of the Streetscape Vision Plan
Willoughby Windows street-level storefront art gallery runs through October. And the NU Hotel on 85 Smith Street is featuring local artists’ works in its lobby.
The rezoning and development plan intends to make Downtown Brooklyn an arts and cultural as well as a business hub. You might want to get pics of what was, what is, and what will be.
Who’s Plan is it Anyway? – The Department of City Planning and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), in partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Council (DBC), a local business organization.
Why the Plan? – “Downtown Brooklyn is the citys [sic] third largest central business district after Midtown and Downtown Manhattan,” according to NYC.gov.
See the Plan – See NYC.gov link for the entire plan presented in 29 slides
New developments are on-going. Check back for updates. Till then, enjoy, Downtown Brooklyn.
“Downtown Brooklyn Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2010.” the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Jeanine Ramirez, “Downtown Brooklyn Sees Hotel Boom,” NY1
The New York City Department of City Planning, “Downtown Brooklyn – Approved!” NYC.gov