A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City's…

Hardcover | October 11, 2016

byNancy Webster, David Shirley

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By the 1970s, the Brooklyn piers had become a wasteland on the New York City waterfront. Today, they have been transformed into a stunning park that is enjoyed by countless Brooklynites and visitors from across New York City and around the world. A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park recounts the grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort, beginning in the 1980s, to transform Brooklyn's defunct piers into a beautiful, urban oasis. The movement to resist commercial development on the piers reveals how concerned citizens came together to shape the future of their community.

After winning a number of battles, park advocates, stakeholders, and government officials collaborated to create a thoroughly unique city park that takes advantage of the water and the 'Manhattan skyline, combining an innovative design with vibrant cultural programming. From start to finish, this history emphasizes the contributions, collaborations, and spirited disagreements that made the planning and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park a model of natural urban development and public-private partnership. The book includes interviews with Brooklyn residents, politicians, activists, urban planners, landscape architects, and other key participants in the fight for the park. The story of Brooklyn Bridge Park also speaks to larger issues confronting all cities, including the development of postindustrial spaces and the ways to balance public and private interests without sacrificing creative vision or sustainable goals.

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By the 1970s, the Brooklyn piers had become a wasteland on the New York City waterfront. Today, they have been transformed into a stunning park that is enjoyed by countless Brooklynites and visitors from across New York City and around the world. A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park recounts the grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious e...

Nancy Webster is the executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. David Shirley is a journalist whose work has appeared in Oxford American, the Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Spin, Rolling Stone, and USA Today.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231171226

ISBN - 13:9780231171229

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Evolution of the Waterfront1. What Shall We Do with the Piers?2. Fighting Back3. The Coalition4. The "13 Guiding Principles"5. Banging Their Cups on the High Chair6. Changing of the Guard7. Tearing Down the Barbed Wire8. The Perfect Is the Enemy of the Good9. A Park at LastNotesBibliographyIndex

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Webster and Shirley take you through every contentious step of the park's evolution from the 1980s until today.... Along the way, Brooklyn Bridge Park paints a fascinating portrait.