Employees from the Brooklyn Nets teamed up with some local teen artists from Groundswell to paint a mural under the Atlantic Avenue overpass between Hicks and Columbia streets in Brooklyn Heights.
“Today’s collaboration between Brooklyn Nets employees and Groundswell teen artists was truly inspiring,” said Jeff Scott, Director of Community Relations for the Brooklyn Nets told the Eagle. “Through our sponsorship we are supporting Groundswell’s summer jobs program that employs young local artists to transform and beautify our communities. Today we helped transform an ordinary brick wall into an inviting gateway that represents and connects the vibrant shopping district on Atlantic Ave and beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park.”
The overpass was previously pretty non-descript and, if anything, kind of ugly. It was an eye sore that came between the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the once-again thriving Atlantic Ave. It’s part of a continuing process in Brooklyn which is connecting the Downtown Brooklyn area and making it much more pleasing for Brooklynites and tourists alike. In fact, that whole area around the Brooklyn Bridge Park has been improving at a fast rate and is really becoming a gem of the borough.
Not only are the Nets helping to make the area more beautiful and pleasant to walk around, but they’re also helping to provide kids with jobs.
“This summer, Groundswell teens have had a one-of-a-kind summer job, working in partnership with the NYC DOT and Atlantic Avenue BID to transform an uninspiring underpass into a welcoming shared space, for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles alike,” said Groundswell Executive Director Amy Sananman. “Today, these youth muralists were so proud to welcome Brooklyn Nets employees and share all that they have learned, from mixing paints to encouraging safe streets. Not only did the Brooklyn Nets sponsor scholarships to make these summer jobs possible, but its dedicated employees rolled up their sleeves, picked up their paint brushes, and contributed their time and talents to beautify our community.”
Check out the photos from the event:
All photos courtesy of Adam Pantozzi/Brooklyn Nets.