Mayor de Blasio hopes to spruce up Downtown Brooklyn with new improvement plan

There is no word yet on how much

There is no word yet on how much de Blasio's plan will cost.

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.

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