East River State Park

Program: Community
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Status: Schematic Design

Our collaborative design for the East River State Park was a winner of a 2010 Merit Award from the NY Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for Unbuilt Projects. This project was featured in an article titled "Beyond the Familiar: The Search for Urban Space in New York City," TOPOS. The three winning teams of an original Williamsburg Waterfront State Park Competition sponsored by Williamsburg grassroots groups in 2005, have been working together to promote a sustainable, innovative, and fun park design for the unique piece of open space located along the East River between N7 and N9th on Kent Avenue. This State Park design is organized around 3 objectives: waterfront access and stabilization, community, art, and educational features, and sustainable technologies.

Here we are 10 years after our bottoms up grassroots winning design and it is great to see that the State Park, while only outlining the zones that we designed and consulting us on the solar-powered lights for the park, is now planning improvements and renaming the park to hero activist - Marsha P Johnson a transgender woman of color pioneer in LGBTQ civil rights movement. This park will only grow in meaning for the community!

Award: 2010 ASLA NY Merit Award
Credits: Collaboration with Allison Duncan, Sarah Ludington, Petra Mager, Gareth Mahon and Stephanie Saulmon, and Julie Torres Moskovitz. FNA production team responsible for the renderings, presentation plans and diagrams: J Torres Moskovitz (prjt manager), Abigail Coover and Cara Solomon.

We created and co-planned a Pumpkin Palooza and Marching Band event at the East River State Park for the community. Seen here is Julie with NY Assemblyman Joe Lentol.

"Green space...In More Ways Than One - Public gets first look at proposals for Williamsburg Waterfront Park which includes a number of highly eco-friendly ideas" Greenpoint Start Weekly - 2007 (back when local newspapers existed!