Propsed Northern Entrance into Brooklyn Bridge Park on Jay Street

Jay Street foot bridge and plaza. Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park

Jay Street foot bridge and plaza. Courtesy Brooklyn Bridge Park

Back in June, Brooklyn Community Board 2 unanimously (8-0-0) voted to recommend a plan to construct a plaza at the foot of Jay Street in Dumbo. The plan is being presented today to the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), as the area is within the DUMBO Historic District. [UPDATE: Community Board 2 voted 34 in favor, one opposed, one abstention (34-1-1) to recommend LPC approve the application.]

Above is a rendering from the presentation.

Last month, the end of Jay Street was put to use with a pop-up beach. This proposal will create a new permanent plaza space to serve as the northern entrance into Brooklyn Bridge Park, next to the 10 Jay Street building, reinstall existing Belgian blocks, preserve the original tracks (which were part of the Jay Street Connecting Railroad between 1904 and 1959, moving freight cars from carfloats on the East River to the industrial buildings and warehouses), and install a connection to a new pedestrian bridge connecting to the John Street development site into Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Jay Street land bridge and plaza is on the LPC agenda for September 24, 2013:

For more details from the presentation, click more below.

{Dumbo’s Jay Street Pop-up Beach, 15Aug2013}