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Welcome


Welcome To #MAKERPARK

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Welcome


Welcome To #MAKERPARK

 
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A PARK AS CREATIVE AS THE NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND IT

We envision an adaptive reuse park that captures the eclectic vibrancy of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and honors its history by breathing new life into the site's rich industrial fabric.  The idea for Maker Park springs from an awareness that our waterfront heritage is being wiped away at alarming speed and the fact that parks have the potential to be more than one-dimensional green spaces. Maker Park is posed to achieve the acute community need for green open space while also serving as a dynamic, interactive and educational public space that unites a neighborhood.


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The Story


The Story

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The Story


The Story

In 2005, under the Bloomberg Administration, the City of New York put forth the Waterfront Rezoning Agreement, promising the communities of Williamsburg and Greenpoint a 28 acre park stretching from North 6th to the Bushwick Inlet, in exchange for allowing residential development on the waterfront.  The community and the City conceived of a plan for the design and uses of their promised parkland.  And while some pieces of this plan have come to fruition, ten years later, much of the park remains unpurchased and unrealized.

Local groups like the Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park have been fighting tirelessly to get the entire park built. And while their efforts remain focused and steadfast, the fate of these unpurchased parcels hangs in the balance. One fortunate fact is that the City did purchase the Bayside Oil Depot, nestled against the prized Bushwick Inlet and home to a series of structures that are of interest.  

Now that the City has officially acquired the land with the intention of integrating it into the larger park, we believe in starting a conversation that accounts for the site’s history and its current conditions. Once the site’s structures have been leveled, they are gone forever. Now is the moment to gauge whether there's an appetite to adaptively reuse them as part of the future park design and explore the feasibility of this prospect. Alongside this conversation, the bold vision for Maker Park is also intended as a means to further mobilize towards the full 28 acre park so desperately needed.

Maker Park is envisioned as a new adaptive reuse public space that captures the creative ethos of the surrounding Williamsburg neighborhood, an area in the throes of accelerated change.

Set on the site of Charles Pratt’s historic Astral Oil Works along the waterfront, Maker Park will pay homage to the area’s long legacy of manufacturing and help to preserve the neighborhood’s culture of collaboration and making that is so central to its character.

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The Site


The Site

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The Site


The Site

A triangular slice of land between Kent Avenue, North 12th Street, and Bushwick Inlet - the Bayside Oil Depot - sits at the heart of Williamsburg’s thriving cultural scene. It's surrounded by a diverse community of artists and entrepreneurs who have made the area such a dynamic and vibrant place.

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The site itself is overflowing with industrial character, featuring 13 significant structures: an abandoned garage on Kent Avenue with six double-sided truck bays that cut through the building, a beautiful three-story brick building on 12th Street with soaring 17-23 foot ceilings and factory windows, and a long-abandoned fueling station that connects the two. The most iconic elements of the site are ten 50-foot tall cylindrical iron fuel containers with retaining walls encircling them. They rise from the ground to create a beautiful and other worldly industrial topography.

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The Vision


The Vision

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The Vision


The Vision

There are many precedents for the adaptive reuse of decommissioned industrial infrastructure  and its integration into vibrant public space. WE ARE eager TO EXPLORE THAT APPROACH FOR THIS SITE. Rather than slate the historic collection of structures on this site, there is the potential to revitalize and Re-imagine them as a habitable ecosystem of park and other uses uniquely of and for Brooklyn. 

The next stage will be to engage with the community for input on this vision. The initial schemes imagined visitors entering the park upland on Kent Avenue through the double-sided garage, adapted to serve as an entrance hall and large exhibition space for local artists. A roof deck could link to the elevated bridge, which could function as a walk-able green way, connecting the tanks and main building.The empty fuel containers could be activated as viewing platforms, performances spaces, rotating sound and art exhibitions, or greenhouses, to name just a few ideas.

Rendering by Studio V

Rendering by Studio V

The building could function as an innovative and community accessible maker space, housing next-generation tools and resources for woodworking, welding, 3D-printing, and robotics.

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE VIRTUALLY ENDLESS IF WE EMBRACE THE INDUSTRIAL LEGACY THAT’S BEEN LEFT TO US 

The vision for Maker Park debuted during a presentation by Stacey Anderson at The Municipal Art Society's annual Summit for New York City: The City We Want in October, 2015. 

 

The founding Team

 

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Whats Next


Whats Next?

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Whats Next


Whats Next?