Our Projects and Initiatives

Accessible Spaces

 

 

Toward Accessible Historic Streetscapes

New York City

2017

 

Being Here was commissioned to explore how New York City can ensure its historic Belgian block streets are accessible for all, while pioneering best practices to steward place-defining pavements.

 

 

Crawford Park Accessibility Improvements and Sensory Garden

Rye Brook, NY

2017

 

A treasured public space is receiving an accessibility retrofit to create new accessible routes and a sensory garden within the Town of Rye's historic park.

 

 

Arboriculture

 

 

Throgs Neck Bridge Pruning and Tree Replacement

Bronx, New York

2017

 

This critical transportation facility received a major tree removal and replacement project to restore and enhance the Throgs Neck Bridge landscape.

 

 

Route 9A-West Street Promenade and Streetscape Improvements

Lower Manhattan, New York

2015

 

Certified arborist oversight was provided to renew the streetscape at this highly visible site adjacent to the World Trade Center Memorial.

 

 

Parks, Gardens, and Streetscapes

 

 

Sea Gate Community Streetscape Enhancements

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY

2017

 

Being Here is assisting this community, on the far western tip of Coney Island, in recovering from severe flooding during Superstorm Sandy.

 

 

Baruch Houses Post-Hurricane Sandy Capital Improvements

Lower East Side, New York, NY

2013

 

With FEMA funding, Being Here conducted an arboricultural and landscape architectural assessment of Manhattan's largest public housing complex.

 

 

St. Edmund’s RC Church

Breezy Point, Rockaway Peninsula, Queens, New York

2013

 

Responding to devastating damage in Breezy Point after Hurricane Sandy, Being Here designed native, salt-tolerant plantings for St. Edmund’s, and replanted the grounds with a volunteer work force.

 

 

Wave Hill House & Master Plan

Bronx, New York

2013 (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

A National Register-listed treasure and its grand plant community called for extreme sensitivity to site conditions and preservation issues in the design of an extensive renovation.

 

 

Park Slope Residential Garden

Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York

2012

 

This back yard garden breaks out of the usual orthogonal mold for compact urban lots, mixing native, edible, and adaptive shade-tolerant plants into a fresh and expansive design.

 

 

Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary

Bronx, New York

2011 (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

A vacant, debris-filled lot was transformed into a half acre of high-value habitat for birds, along with a shade structure, story circle, and other features for the park's dedicated community stewards.

 

 

McCarren Skate Park

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

2009 (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

The first of its kind in New York City, this popular skate park has been designed to withstand rigorous free-style use by skateboarders, skaters, and BMX bicyclists of all ages and abilities.

 

 

Citi Field Plaza

Queens, New York

2009 (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

For the new home of the New York Mets, Denisha Williams created planting designs for a lush garden gateway to the stadium, and designed other plantings to green this high-profile site.

 

 

Broadway in Bloom National Design Competition

Broadway Malls, New York, NY

2004

 

The winning entry for the 2004 Broadway in Bloom competition orchestrated year-round interest for New York's quintessentially hybrid public space.

 

 

91st Street Garden

Riverside Park, New York, NY

2001-2012

 

Volunteering for a celebrated garden in Manhattan’s Riverside Park offered opportunities to experiment with perennial combinations in the midst of a highly visible public promenade.

Environmental Infrastructure

 

 

Gilboa Dam Reconstruction

Schoharie Reservoir, Catskill Mountains, NY

2012-present (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

The reconstruction of Gilboa Dam, a key link in New York City's water supply, requires environmentally sensitive landscape design to mitigate the impact of this massive engineering intervention.

 

 

Paerdegat Basin CSO Facility

Brooklyn, New York

2012 (with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP)

 

This complex, waterfront construction project included a range of native plantings that make a tremendous positive impact on water quality in an environmentally sensitive location.

Neighborhood Revitalization

 

 

Thornwillow Makers Village

Newburgh, New York

2016-present

 

Being Here has helped create a catalytic revitalization and economic development initiative that will spark creative, craft-based entrepreneurship in one of America's most distressed communities. 

 

 

East 106th Streetscape Design Study

East Harlem, New York, NY

2005 (with City College Architectural Center)

 

Synthesizing concepts for East Harlem's “Cultural Corridor," this study examines the full length of the street from Central Park to the East River, suggesting ways to animate the area as a lively cultural hub. 

 

 

East River Greenway Community Design Charrette and Report

Lower East Side, New York, NY

2004 (with City College Architectural Center)

 

A fast-track public design charrette enabled the voices and visions of community residents to inform the city's ambitious East River Waterfront reinvention.

 

 

Library Lane

Bronx, New York

2003-2004 (with City College Architectural Center)

 

This schematic design for the transformation of an alleyway and dangerous street crossing at the entry to the new Bronx Library Center spurred $1.2 million in funding toward a welcoming community connection.

 

 

East 138th Streetscape Revitalization Plan

South Bronx, New York

2003 (with City College Architectural Center)

 

Based on a four-part community engagement process, this plan articulates a vision for a healthy, clean, economically vibrant commercial corridor at a key crossroads of the South Bronx. 

 

 

Mount Vernon Central Business District Analysis and Recommendations

Mount Vernon, New York

2003 (with City College Architectural Center)

 

This report provided a start-up framework for integrating the city’s proposed arts district with far-sighted urban design and preservation strategies.

 

 

Arverne: Master Plan for a Sustainable Community

Rockaway, Queens, New York

2002

 

A holistic vision integrates ecological, social, and economic strategies for neighborhood revitalization on the vulnerable Rockaway peninsula.