Innovations in Street Furniture

| Monday, May 19 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Room: LaSalle B | Session Track: AD

Learn about Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership's innovative Street Furniture Design Initiative, which resulted in the design and installation of 90 custom tree guards and tree benches along a retail strip in Brooklyn, New York. Myrtle's tree guards and benches incorporate many elements into one project: they are public art installations, public seating, tree protection, marketing platforms and educational platforms. This session will cover the initiative’s origin, diverse designs, installation and maintenance, financing, sponsorships, and lessons learned. Presenters will share preliminary findings from bench usage studies, including hard data, public surveys, and time-lapse footage.

Presenters:

Daniel Scorse, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
As the Planning and Streetscape Program Manager at Myrtle Ave Brooklyn Partnership, Daniel Scorse develops proposals and works with city agencies to implement improvements to the public realm. Prior to joining the Partnership, Daniel earned a master of urban planning degree from the NYU-Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, specializing in transportation, environment and infrastructure. While at Wagner, Daniel interned at New Jersey Transit and the New York City Department of Transportation.

Meredith Phillips Almeida , Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
Meredith Phillips Almeida joined the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership to grow the organization’s community initiatives. During her tenure, she established a thriving Food Access Initiative, expanding healthy food options especially for low-income residents. She spearheads Arts & Culture initiatives, which aim to establish Myrtle Avenue as an access point to cultural activities for all community members. She plays a key role in the Partnership’s planning efforts on Park Avenue/Under the BQE, and is leading the development of new initiatives around Safety & Security and Age-Friendly Environments.