Plans to turn a 14-mile stretch of Brooklyn waterfront into an urban utopia gained steam yesterday when Nydia Velazquez, a Sunset Park Congresswoman, earmarked $18.25 million in federal funds for the project. Stretching from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, the "Brooklyn Greenway Initiative" will feature pedestrian pathways and parks, much like the Hudson River path in Manhattan. The money, which still requires Senate and Presidential approval, is just a start, but Initiative chairman Brian McCormick is optimistic. "Many parts of the waterfront have been in a derelict state for so long that it's hard to imagine a greenway being there," he told the Daily News. "Once we have something tangible and real, public support will just build."
After the jump, a map of the proposed route and its "opportunities and challenges."