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Willoughby Square will bring green space and community amenities to Downtown Brooklyn, further enhancing the growing commercial, residential, and cultural hub.

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In public investments are part of the  Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan

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Willoughby Square will be a 1.15-acre, street-level, public open green space in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, half a block from the vibrant Fulton Street Mall. The project is part of the Downtown Brooklyn Redevelopment Plan, a set of space and infrastructure commitments made in 2004 to reinvigorate the neighborhood and celebrate the area’s unique heritage.

We opened a portion of the site in July 2019 for use by the local community while the design and development plan is being finalized.

Willoughby Square Opening. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.

NYCEDC Announces New Plan to Create an Expanded Open Space in Willoughby Square 

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Willoughby Square Press Event. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.

History in Design

Beyond bringing more green space to the area, Willoughby Square will serve an important role: commemorating the 19th century abolitionist movement, with a focus on the Underground Railroad and its ties to Brooklyn.

To this end, we’ll soon be selecting an artist to design a memorial to this local heritage, in partnership with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCLA) Percent for Art program.

The commemorative design builds on the work of In Pursuit of Freedom, a multifaceted public history initiative created by a partnership between Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Irondale Ensemble Project that explores the everyday heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement.

Moving Forward

We anticipate starting construction in 2020 with completion expected by 2022.

Willoughby Square Opening. Photo by Kreg Holt/NYCEDC.

Design a Memorial to Freedom 

Contact: [email protected]

Artists interested in being considered for the commission at Willoughby Square should send a request.