Broome Street at Essex Crossing is a Mess, but at Least There’s a New Public Park

Posted on: June 25th, 2019 at 5:09 am by

The three short blocks of Broome Street between Norfolk and Clinton are a total mess. A living, breathing construction zone that will eat you alive if not careful.

The two active Essex Crossing developments are rising side-by-side. Site 3, slated to top out at 15 stories, now boasts a sky-scraping tower crane to do just that. Once complete, the development will carry 83 market-rate condos across 104,594 square-feet (no affordable housing here) as well as 153,819 square-feet of commercial space for the Market Line.

At least another year before the madness settles.

The one silver lining here is the debut this month of the public park on the north end of The Rollins luxury residential building (145 Clinton Street).

Designed by architecture firm West 8, the 15,000 square-foot amenity is almost five years in the making. It sports a miniscule playground with rope-net obstacle, wooden animal springers, and an undulating balance beam. A mix of benches, movable seating, and fixed tables and stools also lines the park.

Technically, though, this new green space is what the city calls a privately owned public space (POPS). So it’s at the mercy of ownership and not governed by the city’s Parks Department.

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