Friday, January 20, 2012

More Details Emerge About New Columbia Street Park

Posted By on Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

More details about the new two-acre park coming to the Columbia Street Waterfront District emerged this week, the Post reports. Renderings of the green space, which would span Columbia Street from Degraw to Kane, were released, though it will take years before it's built. The city-owned space is currently used as storage for nearby road construction work; aerial views on Google maps show what looks like a lot of junk. The city says it needs the space for another year, after which they begin raising public and private funds for what will include a dog run, walking trails and a grassy hill that could serve as a natural amphitheater, the Carroll Gardens Patch reports.

Initially, the Bloomberg administration hoped to develop the entire waterfront into housing and commercial space, but the Port Authority, which owns the piers and waterfront land, declined to shut down the port. The new park will feature striking views of shipping containers.

Still, business owners are hopeful it will bring new people into the neighborhood, which is cut off by a highway residents say many people are wary to cross. "Many of my loyal customers live far away, but there’s people a block away who don’t even know we’re here because they don’t walk past the highway," one said. "If they come to walk their dogs, maybe they’ll see our shops and come in."

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