Last night the Department of Transportation and the Fulton Area Businesses Alliance (FAB) held a public meeting on the proposal to transform Clinton Hill’s Putnam Triangle into a pedestrian plaza. The plaza would cover 15,000 square feet and include the sidewalk on Putnam as well as the street itself between Fulton and Grand. Because it is in its earliest stages, the DOT laid out several design options, which included a painted green design on the street, epoxy gravel, tables, chairs and public art. The department said there’s also a lot of potential for community events like cooking demonstrations, craft fairs, and games.
But nearby residents did express some concerns. One woman, who said she’s started a petition against the plaza, asked “What if people just don’t want this?” Others were concerned the plaza would exacerbate current crime in the area. Phillip Kellogg of FAB, who says he has received positive input about the plaza from nearby business owners, said tables and chairs would not stay out all night, thus discouraging loitering. In the near future, meanwhile, the NYPD will install 24-hour security cameras at the triangle. Both CB2 Chairperson John Dew and Councilwoman Tish James spoke in favor of the proposal. James summed it up by saying, “This is the most troubling corner in Clinton Hill. Let’s address it by bringing people into the community.”
Putnam Triangle May Get a Pedestrian Plaza [Brownstoner] GMAP