The Brooklyn Queens Expressway was originally proposed by the Regional Plan Association in the mid-1930s to mitigate traffic congestion, facilitate industrial development, and strengthen the connection between the boroughs of New York City. Robert Moses, as chair of the Tri-BoroughBridge and Tunnel Authority, charted its path through Queens and Brooklyn. The construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway divided the existing brownstone neighborhoods of Cobble Hill, CarrollGardens, and Red Hook with a 6-lane highway.
This proposal developed strategies to reconnect these neighborhoods and adjacent landscape infrastructure and ameliorate environmental impacts. The resulting plan works to improve environmental and economic vitality in a first phase through the addition of green walls and street trees. The ultimate realization of the proposal would be a new park constructed over the BQE that reconnects these separated neighborhoods and provides recreational space for this park-poor area. In a hybrid strategy that utilizes concepts of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses, the design proposes areas of up-zoning at street crossing corners, with neighborhood commercial activity at the ground floor and residential units above.