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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.


Developers Secure $349M for Bronx Point Affordable Housing Complex, in the South Bronx

New York Yimby | December 31, 2020

The grounds and open spaces are designed by Marvel Architects with landscape architect Abel Bainnson Butz. Areas open to the public will include a playground and landscaped area adjacent to the existing Mill Pond Park and the Bronx Children’s Museum, a landscaped esplanade along the Harlem River...


Works Starts on Bronx Point as $350M Finance Package Is Sealed

Real Estate Weekly | December 30, 2020

S9 Architecture led the design of the 22-story apartment building, and the open space was designed by Marvel Architects in collaboration with Abel Bainnson Butz.

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Why Cities Are Finally Showing Skateboarders Some Respect

New York Times | November 17, 2020

They also sneaked a peek at a skate park [in Betsy Head Park] being built in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and on a recent Saturday they were enjoying the new course in Queens with friends.


The Bronx’s Next Affordable Housing Complex Will Have a Hip Hop Museum, and Other News

Surface Magazine | November 02, 2020

In early 2021, construction will begin on Bronx Point, a giant mixed-use complex that will bring 542 units of permanently affordable housing, a public park, community and retail spaces, and the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will chronicle the music genre’s local creation and global spread. 


11 Award-Winning Public Design Projects in NYC

Untapped New York | October 29, 2020

This mixed-use neighborhood development along the Harlem River replaces a long-vacant industrial site with approximately 542 units of permanently affordable housing, retail and community facilities– including a dedicated home to the Universal Hip Hop Museum – and three acres of public open space.


NYC Public Design Commission Announces Winners of the 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design

Architect Magazine | October 28, 2020

PDC members selected 11 winning projects exemplifying how good design serves communities.

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Plan for Mini Beach and Waterfront Esplanade at Bushwick Inlet Park Moves Forward

6sqft | June 18, 2020

"The city’s plan to bring a waterfront park and small beach to Greenpoint is moving forward. The Parks and Waterfront Committee of Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 earlier this month approved a revised design from New York City Parks and architect firm Abel Bainnson Butz for a 1.9-acre passive park at Bushwick Inlet Park."

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Motiva Site Design #2 Revealed

Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park | June 15, 2020

"On June 3rd NYC Parks presented their second round of designs for the Motiva site (which surrounds the inlet) at Bushwick Inlet Park to the Community Board #1 Parks & Waterfront Committee. The consensus in the (virtual call) room was the new designs created by design firm Abel Bainnson Butz successfully incorporated feedback from committee members and participants provided at a previous meeting."

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A Former Industrial Cove Will Now Be a Green Haven

Brooklyn Reader | June 11, 2020

"New York City recently announced plans to transform Bushwick from an wasteland to a innovative green space. On June 3, the city presented revised plans for its $9.8 million project to build a small waterfront park at the Bushwick Inlet in Greenpoint." 


City Reveals Revised Plans for Bushwick Inlet Motiva Site

Brooklyn Paper | June 09, 2020

"The city presented revised plans for its almost $10 million project to build a small waterfront park at the Bushwick Inlet in Greenpoint on June 3. The Parks Department’s plans for 1.9-acre sliver of green at Franklin and Quay streets will be a “naturalistic” and “passive” lawn around the formerly-industrial cove, according to Terri Burger..."

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Get to Know Tyler Newborn, ISA, LEED

Staff Member Highlight | May 11, 2020

"So much of our work is about creating spaces for people to have fun in. I thin the fun we have designing helps to make those spaces even better..."


Get to Know Deanna Lu, ISA

Staff Member Highlight | April 13, 2020

"As designers, we aim to create inclusive park designs that cross intergenerational and cultural boundaries, and to connect people with materials that engage the five senses...."

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ABB's Response to Covid-19

Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP Announcement | March 19, 2020

In light of the recent State of Emergency issued by Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio in regards to COVID-19, ABB is following current best practices aimed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. 


How to Get Rid of 9,000 Tons of Toxic Topsoil

New York Times | January 16, 2020

If all goes according to plan and winter is not too harsh, the ball fields in Phase 1 should be open by late spring, and the entire project completed by 2023.


Partners Begin Work on New East New York Complex

Real Estate Weekly | October 10, 2019

Ground has been broken for 50 Penn, a new mixed-use residential development in East New York. Pennrose, RiseBoro Community Partnership, and Dattner Architects joined community leaders for the official start of work on the property located within the recently rezoned Cypress Hills area.

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Artist KAWS Reveals the Inspiration Behind His New Sculpture in Brooklyn

Architectural Digest | October 07, 2019

Architectural Digest revealed the latest sculpture from KAWS, titled WAITING, debuting today at The Greenpoint.


East New York Development Geared to Low-Income Tenants Breaks Ground

Brooklyn Daily Eagle | October 02, 2019

Here’s a glimpse of what the interior courtyard of 50 Pennsylvania Ave will look like. 


Officials: Affordable Housing Coming to Cypress Hills in 2021

News 12 Brooklyn | October 01, 2019

New affordable housing will be coming to Cypress Hills in 2021, according to officials and developers.

The housing, located at 50 Pennsylvania Ave. will have more than 200 apartments, including some set aside for the formerly homeless and the elderly.


St. Mary's Playground West Unveils Multimillion-Dollar Makeover

News12 the Bronx | September 25, 2019

A playground in the South Bronx's largest park has gotten a well-deserved makeover. St. Mary's Playground West project is now complete following a yearlong, $4 million fix-up. The New York City Parks Department and local officials cut the ribbon on the refurbished playground Wednesday.


New Dorp High School Celebrates Its Football Home-Opener on New, Lighted Field

Staten Island NY Local News | September 21, 2019

Spirits were high at New Dorp High School Friday evening. Students, faculty, and alumni gathered to get a glimpse of the highly anticipated, state-of-art athletic complex.


HS Football: New Dorp Set to Show off New Field Under Friday Night Lights 

Staten Island NY Local News | September 19, 2019

"I believe the last time (we played under the portable lighting) was 2001,'' acknowledged Murphy. "The new lighting is beautiful. There’s plenty of it on the field when it gets completely dark. It’s well lit, there’s no dark spots.“Really, it looks gorgeous.”


Check out Greenpoint’s New Waterfront Green Spaces

Brooklyn Daily Eagle | July 31, 2019

This waterfront space belongs to the city Department of Parks and Recreation. It has a 275-foot promenade on the edge of the East River, 33 trees, low-rise plantings, a lawn and 312 linear feet of benches.

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City Breaks Ground on $30M Betsy Head Park Reconstruction

Brooklyn Reader | March 20, 2019

Betsy Head Park will get a full makeover complete with new basketball courts, a teen fitness parkour, a skate park and more.

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City Breaks Ground on $30M Betsy Head Park Reconstruction

New York 12 Brooklyn | March 19, 2019

Betsy Head Park will get a full makeover complete with new basketball courts, a teen fitness parkour, a skate park and more.

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McCarren Park Track And Field Opens After Year-Long Renovation

Patch | January 31, 2019

The first revamp for the field in over a decade finished this week, a few months ahead of schedule.

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New Renderings Revealed for Betsy Head Park Overhaul

Brooklyn Reader | January 18, 2019

Just in time for its centennial, Betsy Head Park will get a full makeover complete with new basketball courts, a teen fitness parkour, a skate park and more.

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Share Your Ideas for Bushwick Inlet Park’s Next Phase in Meeting This Month

Greenpoint Post | January 08, 2019

The city designated $9.8 million for the remediation and development of the Motiva site in 2017, which makes up one of six parcels in the 25.4-acre park still largely under development.


ABB Celebrates 50 Years of Design!

ABB Announcement | December 10, 2018

In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP (ABB) brought together some of our past and current employees who have helped us reach this significant milestone.