A Brooklyn Parking Lot Becomes a Neighborhood “Living Room”

Paint a Parking Lot, Put Up a Paradise

A StreetFilm by Nick Whitaker

Running time: 2:45

StreetFilms has some excellent video coverage of the Dept. of Transportation’s launch of its Public Plaza Initiative in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood last week. The before-and-after images are particularly compelling.

What once nothing more than a parking lot and illegal dump has become a green oasis complete with chairs, tables, umbrellas and sculptures by local artists. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan calls the space, "a new living room for the neighborhood."

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