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Brooklyn's 21-Acre Greenway Gets Boost With Community Input

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The city has taken a small step towards making the Brooklyn Strand a reality. The broad idea for the 21-acre greenway is to create safe walking corridors and public plazas that more seamlessly connect Downtown Brooklyn's public plaza at Joralemon Street to Brooklyn Bridge Park under the namesake bridge. The Brooklyn Eagle reports that Brooklyn Community Board 2 met to discuss ideas for the Brooklyn Strand, which is still very much in its planning stages but will use existing parks and plazas as its foundation.

The most popular ideas for the greenway include adding better lighting, restrooms, and safer intersections. Proposals generated at the meeting also discussed creating a permanent home for recurring food vendor fair Smorgasburg at a parking lot on Prospect and Jay streets underneath the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. WXY Architecture, also behind the East River Blueway plan, is one of the firms tasked with overseeing the project. There will be another community input meeting on January 15. Until then, WXY is accepting other proposals sent to brooklynstrand@wxystudio.com.
· Ideas for the Brooklyn Strand include a permanent home for Smorgasburg [BE]
· 21-Acre Greenway Proposed for Downtown Brooklyn [Curbed]