Site B – Cortlandt and Beekman
This site is located in the middle of Beekman Avenue on the south side at the intersection with Cortlandt Street. It is situated across from the Van Tassel apartment complex. Beekman is lined with low rise mixed use buildings, with ground floor commercial spaces including restaurants, laundromats, bodegas, and other retail stores. Rental apartments are usually located on the upper floors. There is on street parking and a Westchester Bee-Line bus stop directly next to the site on Cortlandt Street; the number 13 bus that runs between Ossining and Port Chester. The Tarrytown train station is a 12 minute walk (.6 miles) from the site. Currently, at this site is situated a prototype for a small plaza or parklet, created by closing off one leg of the split intersection. This temporary site modification is being tested and evaluated to inform final design improvements for this intersection to make it safer for drivers and pedestrians. The village has placed barriers, planters, benches, and lighting to encourage people to utilize this new public space while additional ideas for future programming and use of the space is under discussion.
Two groups reimagined this small space and created designs which included a pocket park and a communal seating and gathering space.
Group 4 (Brianna, Brandon & Jin) created a small pocket park complete with seating areas, an art wall, electric fireplaces, and solar powered chargers.
Hear about their designs in their own words!
Group 9 (Briana, Erika & Kelly) chose to design a public gathering space with plenty of seating. They chose to focus on making the space inviting and beautiful to give people a space to gather, eat food from local restaurants and socialize.
To learn more about the Revisioning Sleepy Hollow’s Vacant Spaces program and to see the projects designed for the other 3 sites, visit archforkids.com/specialprogramsh
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.