Green Corridor Features

Green corridors are an opportunity to transform and reinvigorate neighborhoods like Red Hook by enhancing circulation, absorbing or channeling runoff from rainstorms, and enabling the growth of vegetation
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Green Corridors Include:

(in order of increasing scale)

Bioswales ›

Bioswales—networks of deep tree pits that can catch rainwater and absorb rain runoff.

Bike paths… ›

Bike paths, pedestrian routes, and alternative transportation systems that accommodate bike-sharing programs and community gardens

“Daylighting” creek beds ›

“Daylighting” creek beds—connecting underground drainage to surface flows by exposing existing underground creeks in Red Hook and connecting them to light, and air, so vegetation can grow again.

Actual canals ›

Actual canals—the ultimate tool of drainage in Venice, Amsterdam, Suzhou and other cities.

What a Network Could Do

  • A network of Green Corridors in Red Hook could connect the subway to the waterfront, integrate the Red Hook Houses into neighborhood circulation routes, and link existing green spaces in the community.
  • Under this plan, which would add a new dimension to the neighborhood running perpendicular to Van Brunt Street, cross-streets would be re-landscaped to include wider sidewalks, trees, and other vegetation, thus establishing better spaces for pedestrians.
  • For the sake of bicyclists and pedestrians, it would be relatively easy to make safer bike lanes under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that connected to the nearest subway in Carroll Gardens.
    • This informal transportation system would offer de facto connections between the subway, the center of Red Hook, and the ferry to Manhattan.

Source: Terreform ONE

How does that make Red Hook a better place?

The Green Corridors would contribute to the three main goals of enhancing habitat, citizenship, and resilience. They would:

Increase resilience

by flood prevention.

Improve transportation

within Red Hook by creating new connections to existing transport systems.

Improve social cohesion

by putting the Red Hook Houses at the center of the neighborhood.

Reduce the isolation

of Red Hook.

Explore the Solution

Habitat | Greenway

Source: Terreform ONE

Connect Green Spaces

Accessibility to revitalized public parks and community areas.

Connect to Subway

Access to mass transit to integrate and connect Red Hook with neighboring boroughs.

Connect to Water Infrastructure: Future Ferry Stop

Meeting future growth needs by providing a direct connection to New York City while providing options for travel to and from Red Hook.

Connect to Greenway

Linking Red Hook with neighboring communities through green bike paths and pedestrian walkways.

Ideas for Reshaping Red Hook

These ideas represent an approach to solving problems of resiliency and sustainability that coastal cities around the world can adapt to their own needs.

Rekindled Hopes for Red Hook ›

The Red Hook Innovation District is a $400 million project that would renovate 12 acres in the heart of Red Hook into multi-use structures that would preserve the neighborhood's traditional red-brick industrial look while adding public plazas and park space.
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Create a Coastal Park ›

The goal of the Red Hook Coastal Park would be to provide a softer edge that offers views and recreation as well as protection.
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Inspire With a Model Block ›

The design and implementation of a model block could encapsulate shared goals for living in a sustainable, equitable, and resilient community and serve as a template for development in Red Hook and beyond.
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