Talk Kensington’s parks, plazas, streets—and more

Talk Kensington’s parks, plazas, streets—and more

There are some great projects in the works for Kensington this summer – improved parks, plazas, streets and more. I’m writing with updates on a few of these projects, as well as an invitation to join me at a Brooklyn Community Board 12 meeting next week.

On Tuesday night, come make your voice heard at the Brooklyn Community Board 12 meeting in Kensington. Community boards are composed of fifty local volunteers, who work closely with government agencies to help New York City neighborhoods thrive. Kensington is part of Brooklyn Community Board 12, which also covers Borough Park and parts of Midwood. I encourage you to come out and share your ideas for ways Kensington could be better served by New York City government.

Brooklyn Community Board 12

General Meeting in Kensington

Tuesday May 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

PS 230 Upper School – 1 Albemarle Rd, at McDonald Ave

I want to highlight two projects on which my office is working together with Brooklyn Community Board 12 (CB12) and the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT). The first is a proposal to improve safety on Caton Avenue between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island. As you may remember, the Department of Transportation made a presentation at a community meeting in January about the long-standing concerns about pedestrian safety in Windsor Terrace and Kensington—concerns made all-the-more-pressing by the tragic death of Mohammed Naiem Uddin in November.

The proposal put forth by the New City Department of Transportation this month would improve safety on Caton Avenue, between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island, by converting the road into one lane in each direction and adding turning bays, pedestrian islands, and new pedestrian crosswalks. These changes will reduce speeding and make pedestrian crossings safer—especially important given that a new school, M.S. 839, will open its doors on Caton Avenue this fall. You can find the proposal here, and CB12 will discuss this proposal at the meeting next week.

There is also a proposal for a new public plaza at Avenue C and McDonald Avenue. Kensington Plaza (at Church Avenue and Beverley Road) has been an important addition to a neighborhood with scarce public space. Now DOT is considering constructing a second plaza on the unused concrete triangle at Ave. C and McDonald Ave. Last month, DOT, the Kensington Stewards, and the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership hosted a public workshop that drew close to 75 Kensington residents of all ages, religions, and cultures to talk about what they would like a new plaza to look like. DOT will not present the plan that resulted from that workshop until next month, but you will have an opportunity to express your support, or any concerns you may have, at next week’s CB12 meeting.

Lastly, you may have noticed that renovations are underway to double the size of the children’s play area at Dome Playground. I was happy to work with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to fund the renovations, which also include a multi-use play area, new plantings, and a spray shower. Construction should be completed in a year. In the meantime, I have worked with the Parks Department to provide a summer playground associate, who will organize activities for children and families from Sundays through Thursdays in the afternoon.

I hope to see many of you at the Brooklyn Community Board 12 meeting next week, and look forward to hearing your ideas for how to continue working together to make Kensington great.

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