Naval Cemetery Landscape | Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

Brooklyn, NY

“The former Naval Hospital Cemetery had been behind a fence, inaccessible to the public since it was decommissioned in the 1920s and the known remains were removed to Cypress Hills. The site has now come out from behind the fence as a new open space along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This site has been designed as a natural area populated exclusively by native plant species and will provide visitors with an escape from urban life.”

“The entrance to the Naval Cemetery Landscape acts as threshold to a wildflower meadow and sacred grove, framed by an undulating boardwalk and lifted above the hallowed ground. This experience evokes the histories of settlement and cultivation, life and death, while slowing the heart rate and connecting visitors with the stories of the site. The wildflower meadow, with more than fifty species of native plants, offers much needed fodder for the pollinators critical to the ecological health of the region. Initially established in a strict geometric arrangement, the plantings will eventually drift across the site, creating new patterns and establishing a self-sustaining, ‘open-ended’ ecology intended to draw people, birds, moths and bees in a rich celebration of life.”

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York 2017 Design Award Winner
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
Larry Weaner Landscape Associates
Marvel Architects

Project funding supported by a grant from the TKF Foundation

with Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects
photos by Max Touhey
video by Nova Concepts