City Officials, Neighbors, and School Community Celebrate Traffic Safety Improvements throughout Kensington and Windsor Terrace

City Officials, Neighbors, and School Community Celebrate Traffic Safety Improvements throughout Kensington and Windsor Terrace

Ribbon-Cutting for New Traffic Signal at Intersection Near Where 14 Year Old Student Was Killed in Hit and Run

Brooklyn, NY – Today neighbors, elected officials, and representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) gathered outside the newly constructed building for MS 839 and PS 130 Upper School to recognize pedestrian safety improvements made throughout Kensington and Windsor Terrace in the last year and a half.

On the corner of Caton Avenue and E. 8th Street, just one block away from where 14-year-old Mohammad Naiem Uddin was killed in a tragic hit-and-run in November 2014, Council Member Brad Lander joined representatives from NYC DOT and concerned neighbors to cut the ribbon on a new traffic signal, the most recent of many improvements made to traffic safety in the surrounding area.

“It will always be too late for Naiem Uddin, but in the past year and a half, we have done everything we can to honor his memory by making sure all children are safer along Caton Avenue,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Out of this tragedy, our community has come together to rally for better street safety throughout Kensington and Windsor Terrace, and through extensive work with NYC DOT, we have made real improvements for pedestrians in the area. So many parts of our community have come together -- parents from PS 130, PS 230, and the new MS 839, long-time residents and leaders with the Albemarle Neighborhood Association, the Bangladeshi community -- to push for change. Thanks also go to NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and her team for bringing us a real plan for action, and for making sure this work got done. We still have work to do to make our streets in Kensington and Windsor Terrace even safer, but today we can take solemn pride in the steps we've taken to honor Naiem’s memory by making our streets safer for all.”

“We pride ourselves on the work we do that affects the safety of every New Yorker,” said Keith Bray, Brooklyn Borough Commissioner at the New York City Department of Transportation. “This newly installed traffic light will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to travel about confidently and safely. I’d like to thank the local community and Councilmember Brad Lander for his work to make this a reality.”

The ribbon cutting celebrated both the installation of the new traffic signal, and the broader street safety improvements that have been made throughout the area, including:

  • Improvements to the stretch of Caton Avenue from Ocean Parkway to Coney Island Avenue, where MS 839 and the PS 130 Upper School is located, including:
    •  Converting the corridor to one lane in each direction
    •  Adding three new pedestrian islands to shorten crossing distances
    • A new traffic signal on Caton and East 8th street
    • Upgrading visibility and safety at cross walks by “daylighting” and adding curb extensions
  • Installing a 20 mph “slow zone” and improving signage and crossings around the PS 230 Upper and Lower Schools
  • Improving signage and crossings around the PS 130 Lower School by adding stop signs and a crosswalk between the school and the Fort Hamilton Parkway F/G subway entrance
  • Adding a crossing guard at the Bishop Ford UPK Center (K-280) and making significant safety improvements to that intersection, including a new traffic signal
  • New speed humps and signage on Albemarle Rd, and planned speed humps near PS 154
  • Planned curb extensions to make street crossings safer at:
    • McDonald Avenue/Church Avenue (coming this summer)
    • Fort Hamilton Parkway/Church Avenue
    • Coney Island Avenue/Church Avenue
      • All 3 are projects funded via PBNYC in District 39
  • Reconfiguring two intersections along Terrace Pl to improve pedestrian safety:
    • Terrace Place/19th Street/11th Avenue
    • Terrace Place/Windsor Place/Prospect Park Southwest
  • NYC DOT is currently studying making Seeley Street one-way in Windsor Terrace and will present results at an upcoming Brooklyn Community Board 7 meeting

A full list of recent street safety improvements is available on the Kensington Windsor Terrace Street Safety tracker, a tool designed to increase transparency for area street safety projects and ensure a timely completion.

Neighbors and members of the school community throughout Kensington and Windsor Terrace joined to express gratitude for the new improvements:

Michael Perlberg, Principal at MS 839 said, “The MS 839 community is grateful to Councilman Lander and the DOT for being so responsive to our concerns about traffic safety near our new building. We have students who travel from across the district, and their safety getting to and from school is incredibly important to us. We hope this traffic light, in conjunction with crossing guards and other resources, will make their travel as safe as possible."

Meema Spadola, PS 130 parent said, "Traffic safety has been a huge concern for our community even before the heartbreaking loss of much beloved PS 130 graduate, Naim Uddin. Councilmember Lander and his staff have been so responsive—facilitating community meetings with DOT; pressing for traffic calming measures; and advocating for adequate school crossing guard coverage, which continues to be a serious problem throughout the City. As a PS 130 parent and PTA member, I look forward to a continued partnership to ensure that this neighborhood is safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers."

Abby Moskowitz MS 839 PTA President, said "We are so happy to have this new light installed. Our community has fought hard for our kids and our neighbors street safety and this is a step in the right direction.  Thank you to everyone that made this possible. "

Background on Street Safety Improvements in Kensington and Windsor Terrace:

In early November 2014, Council Member Brad Lander wrote a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation and the NYC School Construction Authority identifying the need for street safety improvements at the site of a new school (now MS 839 and PS 130 Upper School) planned at the intersection of East 7th and Caton Avenue. The letter was the result of several meetings with area residents working for safer streets, and parents who will be walking new routes to school.

On November 20, 2014, Mohammed Naiem Uddin was killed in a hit and run on Caton and East 7th Street.

Following this tragic death and a community-wide call for action, Council Member Brad Lander convened a community meeting about street safety in Kensington and Windsor Terrace with NYC DOT in January 2015. At the meeting hundreds of community members turned out to hear DOT’s comprehensive plan for pedestrian safety improvements in the area and make additional recommendations for traffic changes.

Following this meeting, Council Member Lander created a Kensington and Windsor Terrace Street Safety Tracker to monitor progress, and keep the community informed about NYC DOT’s work as improvements were made.

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