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The next High Line could be built … over the Prospect Expressway?

New report recommends various uses for expressway in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace
September 03, 2018 12:00PM

Rendering via PX Forward

The next High Line could be built above the Prospect Expressway.

“PX Forward,” a new report commissioned by Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams and conducted by graduate students at New York University, provides a few different visions for the 2.3-mile thoroughfare in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace. One recommendation is the creation of an above-ground linear park, dubbed “Prospect Path,” alongside the expressway, which would include lanes for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as seating and plants, Brownstoner reported.

Rendering via PX Forward

Other recommendations in the report include potentially building residential and commercial buildings along the highway’s shoulders. Another recommendation would be to boulevard the expressway by decreasing the number of lanes for cars and adding lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians. The report also floats the idea of building a deck above the highway to create a park or potential commercial development space.

The Prospect Expressway runs between the Gowanus Expressway and Ocean Avenue. It was constructed between 1953 and 1962 and overseen by Robert Moses. In his various government roles, Moses built more than 400 miles of expressway in the city. [Brownstoner]Kathryn Brenzel