Addressing an Urban Corridor
Yale School of Architecture
Critic: Anthony Acciavatti
This is a proposal for a series of soft sites along a 100-foot-wide rail corridor that runs inland from Upper New York Bay along 39th Street in Brooklyn, NY. The eleven half-block parcels comprising the corridor are owned by the City of New York.
This corridor is below-grade, a shallow depression through which runs the MTA D and the decommisioned South Brooklyn Rail. These parcels are empty but are zoned to accommodate 2.5 million buildable square feet. Using this potential intersection of commercial and residential strips, the project facilitates safe transit for pedestrians and cyclists heading to the shore for work and play, as well as providing space for the various noncommercial and social activities of existing communities.