Park Slope

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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A delicious night in Park Slope

Brad with Restauranteurs

I had a great time last night at the Park Slope restaurant tour, sampling fantastic food along 7th Avenue. I was only able to get to a few of the several dozens restaurants who offered delicious free tastes and discounts.

My evening began at Athena Mediterranean (6th Ave & 14th Street) with “shrimp saganaki.” When they saw that I did not (in their opinion) get enough sauce on my first shrimp, they insisted that I take a second. Read more »

Audio: New York City Cleans Up After the Storm

WNYC
09/17/2010

Tree removal crews were a familiar site in Queens, as well as parts of Central Brooklyn and the north shore of Staten Island -- areas hit hard by yesterday's fast moving storm. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe estimates more than 1,000 trees were destroyed, and many more were damaged. He says the toll includes some of the city's finest specimens.

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Storm damage update

Dear Neighbor:

As too many of us know first-hand, earlier this evening a fierce, fast-moving thunderstorm moved through our area, causing significant damage throughout Brooklyn and Queens. In addition to lighting and heavy winds, there were reports of a tornado touching down in Park Slope.

Below is some emergency management information if your home or vehicle suffered any damages during the storm.  Thanks to the NYPD, FDNY, Parks Department, and others for their quick response (locally, they helped at least one family who were trapped inside their house).

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Video: DOT Installing Countdown Pedestrian Signals In Brooklyn Along 4th Avenue and Ocean Parkway

NY1
09/16/2010

The Department of Transportation is installing the first countdown pedestrian signals in Park Slope.

The clocks count down the number of seconds remaining before the flashing hand on a pedestrian crossing sign turns solid red and the traffic light changes.

"[These clocks] make it so much easier for seniors, for families, for kids, especially for pedestrians, but also for cyclists and drivers to know how much time they have, and to make smart decisions and stay safe," said City Councilman Brad Lander. "We really believe it's going to save lives."

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Press Release: Council Members Sara González and Brad Lander Join DOT Commissioner to Unveil New Pedestrian Safety Measures on 3rd and 4th Avenues, Ocean Parkway

Brooklyn, NY – Council Members Brad Lander and Sara M. González and local Park Slope and Sunset Park leaders joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan today to unveil new pedestrian countdown clocks at the intersection of 4th Ave and 9th Street. Read more »

Letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan regarding the PPW bike lane

JSK PPW Letter

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