BROOKLYN - Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to glitz up Downtown Brooklyn by creating new parks, stores and a sprawling greenway.

The city plans to reinvent the so-called "Brooklyn strand" by turning the parks, plazas and greenways between Borough Hall and Brooklyn Bridge Park into a promenade of sorts. There are also plans to make streets safer and more inviting.

The city is looking to create a business improvement district for the Brooklyn Cultural District, and create more retail space on the ground floors of city-owned buildings. There are hopes that the 11 major education institutions in the area can collaborate to make Downtown Brooklyn a national leader in technology.

Residents in the borough that spoke with News 12 Brooklyn are on board with the new improvements and hope it will create a business boom. There is no word yet on how much de Blasio's plan will cost.