New York, NY
Around Beach 25th Street, Far Rockaway Beach opens into a sandy headland. Sprawling dunelands shelter this small piece of untouched nature, which feels far from the disarray of the boardwalk and adjacent property. In the 1970s, an urban renewal program razed large swaths of the bordering neighborhoods. While some of the parcels have been rebuilt, many of them still lie vacant. They are expected to become vibrant, new neighborhoods as the New York population expands.
Starr Whitehouse, in collaboration with Quennell Rothschild, is engaged by the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop the parkland in the stretch of Far Rockaway Beach from Beach 29th to Beach 9th street in concert with the city’s planning effort, plaNYC. A boardwalk park, the site expands into a handful of adjacent sites. Starr Whitehouse is preparing analysis of the key natural and social site factors, and investigating park programming with community outreach. The biggest challenge to the park is to integrate the weighty programming needs of the burgeoning population into a landscape that speaks to the barrier island ecology, native to New York.