The end of Jay Street will not be a place to live in a van down by the river for much longer.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation last week won the unanimous support of Community Board 2’s executive committee to turn the end of Jay Street in into a landscaped path to the long-planned John Street portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park, complete with a bridge over an East River inlet. Park officials say the path will offer a sorely needed second way in to the planned green space that will be the northernmost section of the park, offering stunning views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
“The Jay Street project is really focused on adding a much-needed second entrance into John Street since there is currently no access at Jay Street,” said Teresa Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The new entrance would be “a key pedestrian corridor given its alignment with the F train,” Gonzalez added.
The design will uncover existing cobblestones and rail tracks at the street’s dead end and include boulders people can sit on.
Park higher-ups will present the path plan to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has final say on whether it can later this fall. If the path is approved, construction is set to begin in early 2014 and end by late 2015.