Residents and business owners hope that the construction of a park and greenway on their tiny stretch of the Brooklyn waterfront will help reconnect the Columbia Street Waterfront District to surrounding neighborhoods, 50 years after being isolated by the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The area is less industrial than it once was, as the port business in New York declined. Now proponents think that a park plan with amenities like a dog run and a greenway that connects the district to the rest of Brooklyn's waterfront will be enough to draw residents from neighboring Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill past the physical and psychological neighborhood barrier that the BQE represents. The realization of any such plan will be years in the future, however, as the desired park space is currently being used as a staging area for other Brooklyn construction projects.
· 'Craning' for View in B'klyn [NYP]
· Columbia Street Waterfront Park: Design Vision [pdf] [BrooklynGreenway]
· Columbia Waterfront Park Meeting [Cobble Hill Assoc.]
· Columbia Street Waterfront District [CurbedNY]