Gowanus

A Foot-Friendly Fourth Remains Elusive

map of 4th Avenue development
Wall Street Journal
09/27/2010

When Park Slope's Fourth Avenue was rezoned to spur more housing, developers and elected officials predicted a dramatic transformation for a traffic-choked thoroughfare dotted with auto-body shops, a gas station and a taxi depot.

Seven years and hundreds of apartments later, the auto-body shops have been joined by a smattering of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. But the goal of a bustling, pedestrian-friendly Park Avenue for Brooklyn remains elusive. Instead it remains relatively desolate, attracting little of the street activity that has made Park Slope one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city.

"If you're going to bring more people to Fourth Avenue, you want it to be a place that's more comfortable to walk," says City Councilman Brad Lander, whose district includes the east side of Fourth Avenue. "Some of these cement walls turn their backs on the neighborhood and make it a much scarier place to walk."

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Brad Participates in National Night Out Against Crime

Tuesday, August 3rd was National Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide event that has taken place every summer for the last 27 years. As part of this event, police officers join together with local residents and civic groups to sponsor an evening of activities in their precincts that will strengthen the police-community relationships. Read more »

August events

Rooftop Films at Old American Can Factory

Summer is winding down, but there are still a number of outdoor community events to look forward to. Read more »

Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community!

Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

Help the effort to convert local blight to community benefit by providing feedback and tracking the progress of each site. Read more »

Brad on Designation of the Gowanus Canal as a Superfund Site

Press Release
03/10/2010

I was very enthusiastic to hear about the Superfund designation of the Gowanus Canal which was announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency. Previous EPA studies have confirmed that the Canal – including the sediment at the bottom, the water, and the land around it – is highly toxic and demands comprehensive cleanup, and I am convinced that Superfund designation is the best approach for getting it done. Read more »