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A Strategic Plan for DoBro; DIY Furniture in First Street Park

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EAST VILLAGE?The former home of the BMW Guggenheim Lab on First Street now hosts creative workshops and community events. This past weekend, First Street Green so-founders Silva Ajemian and Jorge Prado, who are also the minds behind TODO Design & Architecture, held a DIY soft seating charrette. Several different design groups participated, and the goal was to propose ideas for seating that could be used in the park, re-imaging the standard folding chair design. [Curbedwire Inbox; official and photos]

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN?The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the three DoBro BIDs?the Fulton Mall Improvement Association, MetroTech BID, and the Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID?released a comprehensive economic plan for the neighborhood. Nearly $5 billion have been invested in DoBro in the last five years, and the 37-page report aims to identify the ways this growth can be maximized and continued. It's broken down into five broad categories: connectivity, culture, diversification, community, and opportunity. All center around building upon "the changing business demographic, growing student and residential populations, and the soon-to-be-completed Barclays center." [Curbedwire Inbox; official and full]