Report from the Mayor’s BQE Panel

As the BQE Project Expert Panel continues our work, I wanted to provide a quick update.

We recently convened a meeting with a number of community organizations and elected officials to lay out what we’ve done so far, the principles that will guide our work forward, and what some of our next steps look like.

You can find a PowerPoint outlining all of this here. I hope you’ll take a moment to look it over. If you have any feedback you’d like to share with the Panel, please use the comment form here and note it’s directed to the “Expert Panel.”

As always, full updates from the Panel can be found at https://www.bqe-i278.com/en/expert-panel.

Thank you for staying involved, and I look forward to staying in touch as our work progresses.

Carlo A. Scissura, Esq., President & CEO, New York Building Congress

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Curved Tower Will Rise on Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Lot Next to Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo

A tilted, glassy tower is coming soon to Dumbo, where it will be wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. 

Located at 60 Front Street (alternative addresses include 30 Front Street and 1 York Street), the 26-story tower is designed by the firm Hill West Architects. On top of a five-story base, the remaining 21 stories will ascend in a slim, dramatic curve sloping upwards. 

It will stand on what was formerly a triangular shaped parking lot at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was acquired by the developer Fortis in December 2018 for $91.113 million. It is not part of the Dumbo Historic District. 

The architect filed an application for a new building in January, and they got the go-ahead to start work on the foundation in March. The project has recently broken ground, a site visit Monday revealed.

A tilted, glassy tower is coming soon to Dumbo, where it will be wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. https://www.brownstoner.com/development/brooklyn-bridge-jehovahs-witnesses-parking-lot-skyscraper-60-front-street-dumbo-rendering/

New renderings, community vision revealed for WXY–designed Brooklyn Strand

Today, 40 stakeholders released the Brooklyn Strand Community Vision Plan, a set of recommendations for developing almost 50 acres of public space that links the Brooklyn Bridge to Downtown Brooklyn. The plan focuses on broadening connectivity along the corridor by making the space more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, and improving access to the waterfront between the Navy Yard, DUMBO, and Downtown Brooklyn.

In 2014, Mayor de Blasio announced a set of plans to further catalyze the growth of downtown Brooklyn. One of these plans was the Brooklyn Strand, now a disjointed set of parks, greenways, and plazas bisected by highway feeder ramps that present wayfinding challenges even to seasoned New Yorkers. Since then, New York–based WXY Architecture + Urban Design has led not-for-profit local development corporation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Transportation, and over 250 community stakeholders through an intensive planning process to re-vision the Strand.

Recommendations from the just-released community vision include enhancing non-car links between Borough Hall Park, Columbus Park, Korean War Veterans Memorial Plaza, Cadman Plaza, Commodore Barry Park, the Bridge Parks, and Trinity Park; a “Gateway to Brooklyn” adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park with a viewing platform; creating a permanent market at Anchorage Plaza; reopening the long-shuttered Brooklyn War Memorial to the public; broadening access to Commodore Barry Park; widening sidewalks; installing public art to animate under-utilized public space; realign Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) ramps to make the pedestrian experience less alienating. https://archpaper.com/2016/05/wxy-designed-brooklyn-strand/

Legendary pizza war in Dumbo intensifies with newly announced eatery

Old Fulton Street in Dumbo is about to become the Murderers’ Row of pizza.

Square-pie icon L&B Spumoni Gardens is opening a new shop on the street — right across from two already warring pizza legends, Grimaldi’s and Juliana’s, The Post has learned.

A co-owner of the 80-year-old Gravesend mainstay confirmed Sunday that Spumoni Gardens will be serving up its signature cheese-on-the-bottom, sauce-on-the-top squares across from the two coal-fired brick-oven cousins.

Permits to install pizza ovens at 46 Old Fulton St. — less than 100 feet from Grimaldi’s and about twice that from Juliana’s, which both draw hours-long lines — were filed in April, according to the city Department of Buildings.

But renovations ground to a halt there in May when the city slapped contractors with a stop-work order for improperly removing fire-halting equipment from the ceiling and for doing construction without posting the proper permits, DOB records show.

Once Spumoni Gardens opens, three of the most highly regarded pizza joints in the city will be within spitting distance of one another.

– New York Post