DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park Entrance Vies To Become Pedestrian Plaza

While there’s hardly a similar open space in Brooklyn Heights, the DUMBO Improvement District is proposing an intriguing option: to close off traffic along Anchorage Place—which serves as the north entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park—and turn it into a pedestrian plaza. A hearing on the plan was held Wednesday eve to air both sides of the proposal.

McBrooklyn reports that at least eight local businesses back the plan, citing pedestrian safety and more room for seating next to the colorfully painted Pearl Street Triangle. But Doreen Gallo, Executive Director of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, believes that closing the street will take away from the “grandeur” of the neighborhood. She told the Brooklyn Eagle, “People can’t imagine this space and how this should be the Grand North Entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park.”

Sadly, the Heights has no such “grand” entry point, after Mayor Bloomberg emphatically nixed a proposed BBP throughway from the most obvious entryway: along the southern tip of the Promenade. The best we’ve got is the coming Squibb Park Bridge that will connect the neighborhood from Columbia Heights across Furman Street to Pier One.

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  • fultonferryres

    There already is a grand north entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s called Old Fulton Street, and it will soon have a pedestrian plaza.

  • Jorale-man

    The entrance at Fulton Ferry Landing will probably be dominated by the giant hotel complex in another couple years. Which inevitably means less room to park the stretched SUV limos with the bridal parties every weekend.

  • fast_walker

    That would make most sense. Hopefully one day Water street stretch from Fulton landing to the plaza will also be pedestrian. And finally if the giant hotel complex helps fund the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, I’m all for it.