Brooklyn Piers 7–12
Brooklyn, New York
Size: 120 acres
We led a team in the creation of a strategic development plan for this 120-acre waterfront site. The neighborhood has become a destination for artists, artisans and creative companies drawn by open views, lower rents, large spaces and the lure of the waterfront. A fabric of warehouses, cobbled streets, piers, large upland sites and expansive views defines the edge, while the sense of a working waterfront is strong and remains an essential flavor of the area.
Our plan meets the challenge of harnessing the maritime industry’s economic development potential, ensuring appropriate redevelopment of upland parcels, introducing a multi-modal transportation system and establishing urban design parameters for scale, waterfront access, open space, views and pedestrian and bikeway connections. We developed a land use, circulation and open space framework; urban design guidelines; transportation and infrastructure recommendations; and market and financial analyses. Our plan accommodates a range of new uses including cruise ship terminals, a marina, hotel, public markets, light industry and open space, while maintaining the essential working waterfront character.