Testimony

Fort Greene Park A.E. Bye Design in the 1970s

Now at Fort Greene Park: Landscape Architect A.E. Bye Design in the 1970s

After: NYC Parks Without Borders Plaza Design Proposal for Fort Greene Park

Testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission on NYC Parks Without Borders Plan at Fort Greene Park

Historic Districts Council


"The notion here is a respite from urbanity and from the city streets, not an enlargement of them."

"We question the decision to remove almost all traces of A. E. Bye's alterations to the park, including plowing over the mounds that the community continues to enjoy today."


"Creating a huge procession of open spaces starting at the street and leading up to the monument produces a grandiose vista oddly reminiscent of Mussolini's Rome -- not at all in the Olmsted tradition."


The City Club of New york\

-- Michael Gruen

"There is value to many aspects of the contributions of several great landscape architects."

"This, we submit, is a case for preservation of a fortunate mixture of the monumental and bucolic, best preserved by not overemphasizing the monumental to the detriment of the bucolic as the Parks Department's plan would do."


"I respect the beauty and integrity of his design work and it would be unfortunate to erase what A.E. Bye has done at Fort Greene Park."


Sierra Club

-- Allison Tupper

"To denude the land in the park in favor of a hardscape plaza is contrary to the kind of planning that the Parks Department needs in its park land. The City needs to plan for extreme weather by incorporating genuine sustainability measures."


Friends of Fort Greene Park oppose NYC Parks Without Borders design proposal -- a major change for the worse.

NYC Parks Without Borders Proposal: The new fencing scheme would limit freedom of movement the corner currently offers to all park users.

The new fencing scheme would limit freedom of movement the corner currently offers to all park users.

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