marsha p johnson

Policy, Williamsburg

All renderings courtesy of NY State Parks/ Starr Whitehouse, unless otherwise noted

A new design was unveiled last week for Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg following backlash regarding the state’s original proposal. During the local community board’s Parks and Waterfront Committee meeting last Thursday, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners presented a revised plan that incorporates more greenery and plantings to the Brooklyn waterfront site and ditches the rainbow-striped plastic mural that opponents criticized, as first reported by Brooklyn Paper.

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Policy, Williamsburg

Renderings courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office and NY State Parks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday dedicated Brooklyn’s East River State Park to Black transgender rights activist Marsha P. Johnson, making it the first state park in New York named after an LGBTQ person and transgender woman of color. Located on the Williamsburg waterfront and known for hosting popular outdoor market Smorgasburg, the park will feature a new colorful public art installation honoring Johnson, who played a significant role in the Stonewall Uprising and was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. The dedication comes on what would have been Johnson’s 75th birthday.

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