Cadman Plaza. Photo: dumbonyc, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the operation, maintenance, and development of a new café at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. Cadman Plaza serves as a focal point for the entire Brooklyn Heights community and is an ideal location for a new café. The park is frequented by families, joggers, and dog-walkers, as well as commuters and local employees. The RFP offers a unique opportunity for a prospective proposer to transform an existing building into a brand-new café. 

“Cadman Plaza Park is a beautiful open space with so much potential for a café, which would serve all of Downtown Brooklyn,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “We encourage interested operators to consider Cadman Plaza Park as a great new location to provide food services to a hungry community!” 

Parks is seeking a concessionaire for a fifteen-year term. The proposed site of this café, along Cadman Plaza West and Tillary Street, was built in the 1950s and used as a Parks maintenance building. It is a one-story building approximately 450 square feet in size. 

Cadman Plaza Park’s significant foot traffic is due in part to the adjacent US District Court for the Eastern District of New York and other nearby government offices such as the NYC Office of Emergency Management, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Kings County Supreme Court. Cadman Plaza Park is also highly accessible by public transportation: the A, C, F, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 subway lines and the B25, B26, B38, B41, B52, and B103 bus lines all have stops close to the park.  

All proposals for this RFP must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. Parks will hold a recommended remote proposer meeting on Monday, January 9, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. All interested parties considering responding to this RFP are encouraged to attend this recommended remote proposer meeting. (Log-in details can be found in the RFP). Subject to availability and by appointment only, Parks may set up a meeting at the proposed concession site, which is located at Cadman Plaza West and Tillary Street. 

The RFP is available for download through Wednesday, February 15, 2023, on Parks’ website. To download the RFP, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/businessopportunities and, after logging in, click on the “download” link that appears adjacent to the RFP’s description.  

For more information, prospective proposers may contact Kevin Badon, Project Manager, at (212) 360-3483 or at kevin.badon@parks.nyc.gov.