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Feature Story

September 2017

Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Development Continues

By Deborah L. Vence

The Brooklyhn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile landscaped route that is physically separated from traffic and with separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists, recently got additional planning help when the team leading the project hired professional services firm Dewberry, based in Fairfax, Va., for resilience services.

Dewberry will help the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and the New York Department of State to continue the development and analysis of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway in Red Hook and Sunset Park. Services provided by Dewberry will include site reconnaissance, public outreach, schematic designs, flood risk and stormwater management, feasibility studies, and coordination with the New York City Department of Transportation and the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency.

Dewberry will address the feasibility of incorporating flood protection and mitigation planning into the design of the greenway, which will eventually connect Brooklyn's waterfront via open spaces and neighborhood parks from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

As a result, this will enhance coordination with the $100-million Integrated Flood Protection System in Red Hook and serve as a coastal flood barrier. One long-term goal is to help protect sites between Bush Terminal, Industry City and Liberty View Industrial Plaza.

According to information from, for more than a decade, BGI has acted as the catalyst for the development, establishment and long-term stewardship of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Beginning in 2004, BGI and planning partner Regional Plan Association (RPA) hosted initial public workshops along the Brooklyn waterfront to develop a conceptual plan. BGI and RPA then worked directly with the NYC DOT to host additional workshops and develop the implementation plan for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, which was released to the public on June 21, 2012.

The BGI's goal is to make the borough's shoreline communities more resilient. Upon completion, the greenway will span 14 miles and connect the neighborhoods and parks along the Brooklyn waterfront with a landscaped bike and pedestrian route.

Today, six miles of the Brooklyn Greenway already are in place, including Kent Avenue, Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Columbia Street and the northern end of Van Brunt Street. Two additional miles along West Street and around the Brooklyn Navy Yard are expected to break ground next, according to information from

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