McCarren Park will expand by 33,800 square feet

The beloved Williamsburg green space has gotten approval from the city to expand—but it will have to secure funding first.

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Williamsburg is getting a green boost with a 33,800-square-foot expansion of McCarren Park. The proposal—which dates back to 2010—was at last approved by the city, according to DNAinfo, and will turn Union Avenue between Driggs Avenue and North 12th Street (where the Greenmarket takes place on Saturdays) into parkland. To complete that conversion, though, the parks department will need additional funding; in the meantime, the street—which currently intersects the park—will be converted to a pedestrian plaza as early as summer 2014.

Since the expansion will essentially swallow up a trafficked street, there has been some opposition from drivers to demapping the road. In response, the 2010 proposal suggested rerouting traffic via North 12th Street or Lorimer Street. Motorists are also worried about the loss of parking; the rezoning will gobble up 34 parking spaces—in exchange for 33K square feet of parkland. You do the math.

[h/t DNAinfo]

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