The Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape is 1.7-acre publicly accessible landscape. Formerly a military burial site, the location now serves as a point of respite and reflection along the length of a fourteen mile waterfront greenway in Brooklyn, with entry from Williamsburg Street West, between Flushing and Kent Avenues.
Plants are selected for low height to retain visibility, vibrant color display during warm seasons and interesting seed pods or stem textures for winter interest. Plan courtesy of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
The entrance gateway faces onto Williamsburg Street West, acting as the threshold between the hard urban streetscape and the soft natural landscape. The stairs and archway signify the transition through elevation change and material change; from a depressed concrete sidewalk to an elevated wood deck.
“We were looking to do these spaces across the United States to make sure we could properly research the effect of nature on humans. We had 126 organizations ask us to do this, we selected six and one of them was here… People are going to wander here; these wonderful walkways invite people to wander. And they respect the fact that this was once a cemetery and the people who served our country were here at one point. It is a sacred place.”
- Tom Stoner, Co-Founder of the TKF Foundation
“We want this site to be a place where you could step out of the city for 15 or 20 minutes and get rid of the city’s effects on your body, your nervous system, and allow your nervous system to adjust.”
-Milton Puryear, Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative
Cultural, Preservation & Reuse, Public, Recreational, Memorial, Park /Recreation
Jonathan Marvel, Scott Demel, Zachary Cohen, Zhan Chen, Vince Lee
Nelson Byrd Woltz, Landscape Architecture, Jim Conti, Lighting Design, Grant Engineering, Structural, Kelco Construction, Contractor
Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award, AIA Brooklyn-Queens Design Excellence Award, ASLA New York Design Award, Architect’s Newspaper | Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention for Public Landscape