Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced six transformational projects for Downtown Brooklyn as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. With funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, significant projects to improve walkability and safety will better connect Downtown Brooklyn and the Navy Yard to surrounding neighborhoods.
The specific projects, which will be executed in the next 2 years are:
- Improve streetscapes and pedestrian safety along Tillary, Navy, and Park Corridors: safe pedestrian crossings on St. Edwards Street and at the intersection of Tillary and Navy Street, with potential improvements including improved bike lanes, seating and planters.
- Transform Walt Whitman Library into a Modern Community Hub: Renovate and expand outdated program space at a historic Brooklyn Public Library Branch to support job training and community programming, providing flexible spaces responsive to the way patrons use a public library in the 21st Century.
- Upgrade Commodore Barry Park with better access and modern play spaces
- Create a Digital Tech Center at the Ingersoll Community Center
- Improve accessibility to the Brooklyn Navy Yard
- Create a public art and placemaking fund: Establish a grant program focused on public art, placemaking, and cultural access to create new opportunities for local artists and cultural organizations to expand their reach to residents, workers, and visitors.