The Court Livingston Schermerhorn BID Streetscape project revitalizes the commercial district in downtown Brooklyn through street improvements and economical design interventions. In 2009, this newly formed BID hired DLANDstudio to improve the “look and feel” of their district’s streets. DLANDstudio examined existing conditions from street plantings to storefront signage to subway entrances to identify ways to improve the quality of the pedestrian experience. The result was a Vision Plan that identified actions to be taken immediately, within 5 years, and long-term capital projects. The Plan was adopted in February 2011 and implementation has already begun.
Among the initiatives are increasing the BID’s sustainability by increasing permeability and exploring the integration of bio-filtration swales into sidewalk tree pits. Organizing existing street furniture and vendors strengthens the connection between the street and retail spaces. Boldly printed scrims or temporary installations enliven blank architectural facades along the street and provide opportunities for a public art corridor between Court Street and BAM. The plan also proposes a new neighborhood park and a signature plaza outside the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station referencing the site’s cultural history.