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Downtown Brooklyn Precinct Study

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Pioneer Building

41 Flatbush Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Join us for a half-day forum on transforming Downtown Brooklyn into a thriving live-work neighborhood.

The borough’s civic center has long been the focus of economic development initiatives. The most recent plan passed in 2004 loosened zoning to attract new businesses, but new housing boomed instead. Although residential development infused new life into the district, it strained the neighborhood’s existing transit, open space, and social infrastructure.

Yet new office projects coming online – such as the Wheeler and One Willoughby – signal a turn toward commercial development. New university facilities at NYU, LIU, and CUNY and the expansion of the Brooklyn Cultural District continue to energize the neighborhood. Through bold visions for the Strand and Brooklyn Queens Connector, and continued investment by the city and state, Downtown Brooklyn aims to become a more competitive central business district.

How can New York City use creative zoning and new infrastructure to design a dynamic live-work neighborhood? And how can local partners capitalize on the building boom to foster an inclusive workforce?

Guest Policy

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership members are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend.

Tickets to this event are sold-out. If you are still interested in attending, please email us at

Breakfast & Registration, 8:30 - 9:00am

Conversations, 9:00 - 11:30am

A Long Term Vision

How can Downtown Brooklyn stimulate economic growth and anchor opportunity for all New Yorkers?

Building an Inclusive CBD

What zoning tools and local partnerships can the city develop to support a more inclusive workforce?

Investing in the Public Realm

How should the City invest in transit, open space, and community facilities to attract a new workforce?


Marisa Lago, Department of City Planning

Regina Myer, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Laurie Cumbo, New York City Council

Tim Quinlan, Quinlan Development Group

AJ Pires, Alloy Development

Dan Kaplan, FXCollaborative

Angie Kamath, CUNY

Paul Travis, Washington Square Partners

Claire Weisz, WXY

Linda Johnson, Brooklyn Public Library

Tom McKnight, NYCEDC

Jeffrey Mandel, Tishman Speyer

Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects

Andrea Steele, TEN Arquitectos

Following the conversations, you may choose one of these tours:

Tour Option 1, 11:30 - 12:30pm

300 Ashland

At the intersection of Flatbush, Ashland and Lafayette, 300 Ashland offers cultural and civic space anchored by a 15,000 sf public plaza.

Tour Option 2, 11:30 - 12:30pm

The Wheeler

Fusing Art Deco architecture with contemporary design, The Wheeler will offer a new 10-story office hub above the Fulton Street Macy's.

Tour Option 3, 11:30 - 12:30pm

Dime Savings Bank

The historically landmarked Dime Savings Bank building will anchor 9 DeKalb, the soon-to-be tallest residential tower in Brooklyn.

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