Brooklyn Bridge Park Receives Award for Excellence in Urban Design

Brooklyn Bridge Park announced today that it has been named winner of the 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design by the American Planning Association. The APA’s statement announcing the award says:

Brooklyn Bridge Park has successfully integrated the Brooklyn waterfront into the fabric of the neighborhood by creating urban nodes at the park’s main entrances and improving access with a new pedestrian bridge. The park was planned with several goals guiding its development, including returning the waterfront edge to the public; creating a multi-use civic space; and connecting with the adjacent neighborhoods.

The statement goes on to say that the Park “has had a transformative impact on the community.”

The Park’s press release includes this statement from Brooklyn Heights Association President Alexandra Bowie:

Since 2009, we have watched a stretch of abandoned piers and uplands below Brooklyn Heights become a world-class park. Visitors can now walk a shade-dappled path through native plants, picnic on a grass lawn with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and take in a performance or lecture sitting on the granite steps facing lower Manhattan.

Photo: C. Scales

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    I love Brooklyn Bridge Park. It has improved my quality of life measurably.

  • Joe A

    And to think of all the naysayers that trashed the project relentlessly. Don’t they look foolish.

  • Jorale-man

    I’m a park fan and give money to the BBP Conservancy but I do question a couple aspects of it from a design standpoint. The berm to me has been a letdown. They ended up using a lot of valuable land for what is a very unnatural-looking hill stuck in the middle of the park. I’m not saying they shouldn’t do something to block the BQE noise but the execution could have been better and more integrated. And the hotel/condo complex is a tragic flaw in the overall design. But despite those two reservations, I agree with Karl that it is a quality of life improvement to the Heights.

  • Lydia M. Gordon

    I’m with you Karl. Brooklyn Bridge Park is beautiful. Now, it’s the first place I take visitors from out of town. The view is breathtaking; more so than from the Promenade. I guess it’s being down at water level that makes it so special.

  • Joe A

    But of course without the hotel/condo complex there would have been no park.

  • Arch Stanton

    Actually, that is debatable… but let’s not.

  • BeauTIFFul Curls

    I love Brooklyn bridge park! I just published a blog post about it this week!

  • Claude Scales

    Thanks! Nice post; nice photos.