In DUMBO a Parking Lot Will Become a Piazza

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The Department of Transportation has unveiled plans to turn the gritty Pearl Street Triangle in DUMBO into a public plaza. The plaza will be similar to the one DOT creaed on Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn last year. The Triangle currently serves as a parking lot.

Some interesting notes about the project: The plaza plan grew out of a study done by graduate students from Pratt Institute. The very same Community Board committee that nearly voted down the Willoughby plaza project unanimously approved this one. And, as with the Willoughby Plaza, once built, the Pearl Street space will be maintained by the local Business Improvement District.

The Courier-Life newspaper reports:

The DOT’s Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator Christopher Hrones unveiled the plan to unanimous approval before last week’s Community Board 2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee. Under the plan, the DOT will pay for the installation of granite blocks for pedestrians to sit as well as reddish-colored planters and green colored tables and chairs at the triangle.

Hrones said the installation will start in June and it will be reviewed in the fall to see if it should become permanent. The plan is similar to the Willoughby Pedestrian Plaza recently installed in Downtown Brooklyn in that the local Business Improvement District (BID) will maintain it, said Hrones.

In the case of the Pearl Street Triangle Plaza, the maintenance will fall on the DUMBO BID, which has been advocating for the pedestrian plaza for several months.

"We’re very excited about it. It grew out of a study that a group of graduate students from Pratt Institute did here last fall," said DUMBO BID Executive Director Tucker Reed. "We invited them down to look at underutilized spaces down here. We picked it up and ran with it and it was implementable. We’re very happy the community board and DOT both agree," he added.

  • Eliot

    It’s a nice spot, albeit a bit noisy with the trains…

  • I can see this “park ing space” from my living room window so I welcome it. I park in DUMBO so I dread it. I look to the day an 18 wheeler comes down Water Street and takes out a potted plant trying to make the very tight left turn onto Pearl Street. I hope the grad students spent more than 15 minutes at the site to accumulate data about it. Thanks DOT, really!! I am truly looking forward to it despite my tone. But hey, while your at it; put a block of parking on Water Street between Bridge and Jay Streets to compensate for the loss.