Car Free Brooklyn Bridge – photos and drawings

A Car-Free Brooklyn Bridge Is Possible Images and Illustratons

AFTER: Aerial view looking east towards a car-free Brooklyn Bridge. Centre Street and Park Row next to the Brooklyn Bridge are reimagined as an extension of City Hall Park. © 2020 Massengale & Co LLC, rendering by Gabriele Stroik Johnson.

BEFORE: Aerial view looking east towards Brooklyn Bridge. New York City Hall and City Hall Park are in the foreground.

AFTER: Aerial view looking west towards Brooklyn Bridge. Following the removal of the BQE and the on-ramps and off-ramps to the highway and the bridge, the newly-emptied land becomes sites for affordable housing and civic buildings. The new Ruth Bader Ginsburg Park extends the old Cadman Plaza Park.
© 2020 Massengale & Co LLC, rendering by JJ Zanetta.

BEFORE: Aerial view looking west towards Brooklyn Bridge. Cadman Plaza Park and the elevated Brooklyn-Queens Expressway are in the foreground.

Looking west on the new car-free Brooklyn Bridge. In the background are new wooden platforms between the stone piers, where visitors can go up and down between the old roadways and the elevated walkway. The decks provide flexible space for seating, food carts, exhibits, and the like.
© 2020 Massengale & Co LLC, rendering by Zeke Mermell.

Diagrammatic section through the bridge showing proposed uses for the southern and northern roadways and the elevated walkway.
© 2020 Massengale & Co LLC.

Elevation and section of a Brooklyn Bridge pier that includes the proposed wooden decks at the height of the existing elevated walkway.
© 2020 Massengale & Co LLC.

Perspective section through the proposed new boulevard in Oakland, California, showing new Bay Area Rapid Transit tracks where Interstate 980 now runs.
© 2020 Dover, Kohl & Partners.

Aerial view of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where the interstate highway runs in a trench similar to I980 in Oakland, California. Apple Maps Screenshot

STREETSBLOGNYC TO END THE MESS: Make Brooklyn Bridge Car Free
SLOW NEW YORK – https://slownewyork.city
New York Daily News BQE OpEd with John Norquist

Competition Board PDF

About John Massengale

Architect, Urbanist, Author, Educator
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