In November 2017, NYCEDC, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, and Council Member Rafael L. Espinal announced the convening of the Broadway Junction Working Group and the start of an interagency planning study with the Department of City Planning, Department of Transportation, NYC Parks, and other City agencies. The two concurrent efforts run in tandem to develop community-driven guidelines and recommendations for shaping future development around Broadway Junction.
Upcoming Event: Broadway Junction Open House and Resource Fair/La Casa Abierta de Broadway Junction & Feria de Recursos
Broadway Junction serves as a major transit hub with six subway lines, six bus routes, and regional rail via the Long Island Rail Road, providing quick access to Downtown Brooklyn, Lower Manhattan, Jamaica, and Long Island. Although hundreds of thousands of commuters use the Broadway Junction station every day, the majority make transfers within the station without exiting to the surrounding area. With its proximity to transit and strong surrounding neighborhoods, Broadway Junction has the potential to become a hub of commercial and economic activity. The planning study seeks to identify opportunities to bring economic opportunity, new services and amenities, and improved public realm and connectivity to the area around the transit hub.
The neighborhoods of East New York, Cypress Hills, and Ocean Hill border the Broadway Junction transit hub and are currently experiencing a swell of public investment through the East New York Neighborhood Plan, which rezoned key parts of these neighborhoods to allow for new affordable housing and mixed-use development. The City is also investing over $260 million in these neighborhoods, resulting in new parks, infrastructure, schools, and other neighborhood amenities. Broadway Junction sits next door to the East New York Industrial Business Zone, a 100-acre industrial park that is further bolstered by over $16 million in City funding, as part of the Neighborhood Plan, to grow good jobs. The Broadway Junction planning study seeks to build on these City efforts to foster economic growth around the Broadway Junction transit hub.
The Broadway Junction Working Group brings together elected officials, Community Boards 4, 5, and 16, and local stakeholders from the communities surrounding Broadway Junction. Working in tandem with the planning study, the Working Group will help identify community priorities and needs for the area and a vision for the future of Broadway Junction.
Transforming Broadway Junction has the potential to:
- Make the area more livable and walkable for pedestrians, cyclists, residents, and transit users
- Provide amenities to current residents of the area
- Grow jobs for the city at large and bring jobs closer to the communities around Broadway Junction