Grand Army Plaza competition opening, September 13

A design competition for ideas to redesign Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza has resulted in four finalists and an exhibition in the Plaza, with a celebration Saturday 9/13 from 11 to 4, where, as the Design Trust for Public Space’s website tells us, The highlight of the afternoon will be a free performance by Brooklyn’s own dance troupe Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) at 3:00pm. The exhibit will remain up till October 13.  If I get over there, you lucky readers will be favored with my critique.

When I lived on St. Mark’s Place I used to walk up to the main Brooklyn Public Library almost every week, but crossing the traffic to the center of the plaza was so terrifying that I hardly ever dared to go over to admire the tulips or the fountain.  On a Saturday in June there’d often be a line of four or five white limos around the inner oval, come to deposit wedding parties to have their pictures taken.

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