At the Block Party Celebrating the Putnam Plaza


Here’s a fun video by Adele Pham of Sunday’s block party at the new Putnam Triangle pedestrian plaza in Clinton Hill. Pham writes: “I immediately knew this was on one of those Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy “moments” where it’s like the 70s again, so I ran home and grabbed my camera. …There’s a spirit present in this neighborhood that is unique to the rest of the city.”

9 Comment

  • Looks like a huge success to me. So much for the NIMBYs.

  • …There’s a spirit present in this neighborhood that is unique to the rest of the city.”

    Unique to the rest of the city? so everywhere in the city except Clinton Hill has this spirit?

  • it’s a little much what is being made of this 25 square foot patch of gravel.

  • Classic. Pretty well sums up the vibe of the area immediately surrounding the triangle. Saw so many people I recognize from the neighborhood there. Was out of town or might have been in the video myself.

    Whitestoner–its quite a big public space and represents a way of thinking about the neighborhood that feels forward thinking and encouraging. Be a hater if you want to but projects like this demonstrate that the city is not an unchanging, intractable mess but in fact a vibrant living organism capable of improving itself.

  • Classic. Pretty well sums up the vibe of the area immediately surrounding the triangle. Saw so many people I recognize from the neighborhood there. Was out of town or might have been in the video myself.

    Whitestoner–its quite a big public space and represents a way of thinking about the neighborhood that feels forward thinking and encouraging. Be a hater if you want to but projects like this demonstrate that the city is not an unchanging, intractable mess but in fact a vibrant living organism capable of improving itself.

  • Fair enough whitestoner. You are not a hater. But perhaps you are missing the larger symbolic point about this “patch of gravel” which is a lot bigger than how you are describing it. To me it represents an investment in the public space in my area that is a welcome development. When I moved here the area around this triangle was a mess–very dirty, unkempt, and surrounded by numerous empty storefronts (along with the delis that are still there). Since the advent of the BID a bunch of new businesses have opened up, the overall cleanliness of the area has improved dramatically, and in general there is a more welcoming vibe. This pedestrian plaza is but the latest in a string of positive developments.

  • “I immediately knew this was on one of those Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy “moments” where it’s like the 70s again, so I ran home and grabbed my camera. …There’s a spirit present in this neighborhood that is unique to the rest of the city.”

    **

    You have to admit, this sounds sort of goofy. Not that I’m against a pedestrian plaza. It’s nice to see. But like whitestoner, I think the whole “we-are-the-world” sentiment is a bit overblown.