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NYC Parks Unveils $5.2 Million Overhaul of Wakefield Playground in the Bronx

NYC Parks | July 25, 2022

On Friday, NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa joined Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, City Council Member Eric Dinowitz, representatives from Community Board 12, Friends of Wakefield Playground, teachers and students from P.S. 16, children and teachers from Demores Childcare, and members of the community to celebrate the $5.2 million reconstruction of Wakefield Playground in the Bronx.


Grand Opening of 50 Penn Mixed-Use Development in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn

Pennrose | June 10, 2022

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), Pennrose, and RiseBoro Community Partnership today celebrated the grand opening of 50 Penn, a 218-unit 100% affordable housing development at 50 Pennsylvania Avenue in Brooklyn. The mixed-use, mixed-income community was designed to address key priorities identified in the East New York Neighborhood Plan, including affordable housing, greater access to fresh food choices, and include community-wide benefits.


Northeast Bronx YMCA wins 2022 AIA New York Award

AIANY | January 2022

The Northeast Bronx YMCA addresses the critical need for recreational space in this corner of NYC, fulfilling a 30-year dream of the community for a multigenerational community center and hub. Developed in partnership with a broad coalition of community leaders and elected officials, it is a powerful reminder of the good that can come when our leaders, institutions, and community work together. Set on what was a wooded 3-acre site, the building program is organized into three separate pavilions placed gently on the site, preserving existing mature trees and respecting the natural sloped topography. 

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Hudson River Park Trust Breaks Ground on Phase Two of Chelsea Waterside Park Expansion Project in Manhattan

New York YIMBY | December 11, 2021

Hudson River Park Trust has kicked off construction for phase two of the Chelsea Waterside Park Expansion Project. Wedged between 23rd Street, Eleventh Avenue, and the West Side Highway, the project site will eventually include a permanent picnic area, new public restrooms or comfort stations, an expanded turf field for sports, a small concession stand, and an expanded dog run with pet-accessible fountains.


Construction Begins at Chelsea Waterside Park, Phase 2 In Manhattan

Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP Press Release | November 2021

Manhattan, NYC (October 2021)  Construction has begun at Chelsea Waterside Park. This multi-phase project will temporarily close portions of the park to accommodate a new and exciting park design developed by Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP Landscape Architects (ABB). ABB’s transformative design reimagines the park while recognizing its importance as a strong local destination.

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Free Skateboarding Clinics Have Kids Flocking To Skate Park In Brooklyn

CBS 2 New York | October 20, 2021

So over the summer, a local affordable housing development partnered with the Harold Hunter Foundation to bring free skateboarding clinics to local kids at the park four days a week. “It’s been overwhelmingly satisfying,” coach Bilao Ndongo told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. Ndongo lives in the neighborhood. “Just the fact the kids can have access to a space like this is important,” he said.

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American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY) Announces 2021 Design Award Recipients 

ASLA New York | August 30, 2021

Annual Program Recognizes Excellence in the Practice of Landscape Architecture
New York,  New York (August 30, 2021) – The American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY), the New York City chapter of the national professional organization representing landscape architects, today announced the recipients of the Chapter’s 2021 Design Awards. 

2021 ASLA-NY Merit Award Recipient: Betsy Head Park – Abel Bainnson Butz


Awards for Excellence in Design Honor Brooklyn Projects

Brooklyn Daily Eagle | June 14, 2021

The winners of the 39th annual awards for Excellence in Design were announced on Friday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been, Public Design Commission President Signe Nielsen and Executive Director Keri Butler. 


Public Design Commission's 39th Annual Awards For Excellence in Design

NYC Design| June 10, 2021

Abel Bainnson Butz Winning Projects:

- Construction of Bushwick Inlet Park, Motiva Parcel

- Reconstruction of Soccer Fields at the Red Hook Recreationally Area, Phase IV


Bronx Point And Universal Hip Hop Museum Break Ground In The South Bronx

New York Yimby | May 23, 2021

Construction has broken ground on phase one of Bronx Point, a mixed-use development in the South Bronx. In addition to 542 affordable housing units, phase one includes construction of the Universal Hip Hop Museum, 2.8 acres of public open space, and a robust mix of community facilities.


Brooklyn's Betsy Head Park Gets Mega Makeover

Mommy Poppins | April 02, 2021

Betsy Head Park is the latest NYC green space to get a multi-million dollar overhaul. Renovations have wrapped up on the $30 million Anchor Parks project and the Brownsville, Brooklyn, park, and it's welcoming visitors just in time for the springtime temps.


Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Silver, Elected Officials, and Community Members Cut Ribbon on $23 Million Phase II of Equity Initiative at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville

The Official Website of the City of New York | March 31, 2021

Today Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, were joined by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel, and community members to cut the ribbon on phase two of the $30 million reconstruction of Betsy Head Park in Brooklyn.


The New Betsy Head Park Is an Accessible, Pandemic-Friendly Retreat for Brooklynites

Metropolis Mag | March 17, 2021

Abel Bainnson Butz led the expansive $30 million update of Brownsville’s biggest park, with a focus on serving a range of abilities and activities.


Brooklyn’s Betsy Head Park Emerges From $30 Million Revamp with Rich Plantings and a Parkour Course

The Architect's Newspaper | March 03, 2021

Betsy Head has got a whole new look. The 106-year-old public park in Brownsville, Brooklyn, fully reopened late last year after a transformative $30 million redesign by landscape architects Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP

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After $30-Million Renovation, Betsy Head Park in Brownsville Re-Opens to the Public

Bklyner. | February 05, 2021

After a multi-year, $30 million upgrade, Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park has opened to the public with a new event space, athletic fields and a parkour fitness course for teenagers. 


Brownsville’s Betsy Head Park Open to the Public After $30M Upgrade

Brooklyn Reader | February 04, 2021

The revitalized park includes a new skate park, Parkour fitness course, inclusionary basketball court and remodeled green space.


$30 Million Betsy Head Park in Brownsville Opens to Public, Providing an Integral Revitalized Green Space to Thousands of Brooklyners 

Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP Press Release | February 2021

Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP (ABB) Landscape Architects in collaboration with NYC Parks completed
construction of the much-anticipated overhaul of the 106-year-old Betsy Head Park. 


Construction Set to Begin at Huge South Bronx Complex with Universal Hip Hop Museum

6sqft | January 06, 2021

S9 Architecture is leading the design of the 22-story development, with the publicly-accessible open space along the Harlem River designed by Marvel Architects and Abel Bainnson Butz.

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