How does Red Hook sound with 45,000 new apartments and three new subway stops? AECOM, a major developer, has put forward a proposal to transform the Brooklyn neighborhood into a Hudson Yards–style development with residential towers, transit access that isn’t the Ikea shuttle, parkland, and pathways with what seem to be spectacular downtown Manhattan views.
This development fever dream would take underutilized land owned by the Port Authority and the city and build it up with more than a dozen new residential towers, with units set aside for affordable housing. The plan would also add three new subway stations by extending the 1 train from South Ferry, including a connection to the F/G at Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. The plan also calls for upgraded coastal flooding protections, considering this megaproject would rise right in New York’s vulnerable evacuation Zone 1. (Read the entire Red Hook proposal here.)
Even the visionaries behind this idea say the plan lacks a bunch of details, starting with how to pay for all of this — specifically, enormous infrastructure upgrades like a brand-new subway tunnel. But, as AECOM told Crain’s, these plans are just a “starting point.”