Originally from Nassau County, Myer attended the University of Michigan for undergraduate and graduate school. She's lived in Park Slope for the past 20 years.
Before joining BBP in 2007, she was the director of the Brooklyn Office of City Planning for eight years, where she led the rezoning efforts in her home borough.
In the last year and a half, Myer helped secure city and state funding to open the first 20 acres of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Her work is devoted to “making sure that we build a really beautiful park on budget and on time,” Myer said.
The first phase right now involves building five acres of new soccer fields at Pier 5, to be followed by the construction of a basketball complex. The corporation is also building a bridge to connect the park to its surrounding neighborhood.
“We've got lots coming up in terms of construction,” Myer said.
Since maintenance for the park has to be funded by internal revenue, as designated in a 2002 agreement between the state and city governments, BBP also released a Request for Proposals in October for a hotel and an apartment housing development at the park.
In addition, one particularly exciting thing BBP is unveiling is the addition of a sculpture of the park to The Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art to be ready for public viewing this week.
The third phase of her work, Myer said, is the actual maintenance of the park.
This involves “making sure that its really beautifully maintained in the most sustainable way possible,” she said, “and programmed in a way thats really unique for Brooklynites.”
The park is unique, she said, because of it's gorgeous view of the Brooklyn harbor and the Manhattan skyline.
Sustainability comes from using recycled materials and environmentally-friendly services, such as solar-powered vehicles.
The biggest reward of Myer's job is “seeing how well received that is,” she said, referring to BBP's commitment to sustainability, “and how beautifully people take care of it while they're here.
“We're so lucky to have capital money to build a beautiful park,” she added.