Monthly Archives: February 2013

Tour of Recovering Local Businesses

After natural disasters there is a flurry of media coverage and assistance that flood into an affected area. But what happens when the headlines fade as time passes?
Peter Day takes a walk down Van Brunt Street of Red Hook Brooklyn to find out how businesses in this one area are trying to rebuild themselves after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.


In this 2010 proposal in response to a study prompted by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a collaboration between Kiss + Cathcart Architects & Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects looked at ways to improve the BQE underpass. The issues highest on the agenda were developing east-west access over the underpass and controlling noise and pollution emanating from the depressed highway. The scheme suggests the possibility of removing the highway from view at street level, generating electricity for the surrounding area, and even an opportunity for new retail space. A list of related documents can be found here, on the EDC's website. BQE, Section Looking North

BQE, Section Looking North


Photo Credit: Atlantic Avenue BID

It’s no secret that the BQE forms a barrier between the neighborhoods that it divides. There is now new interest in revitalizing an underpass that allows pedestrian traffic through –  “in the hopes of increasing foot traffic between the businesses along Atlantic Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge Park.”

Atlantic Avenue BID, which has initiated the project and raised its funding, issued the RFP.

via Brownstoner & DNAinfo