Last night the Parks Department made a presentation to the CB6 parks committee on improvements planned for the DiMattina Playground dog run on Hicks and Hamilton streets. Upgrades to the run have been in the works for a long time. The plan calls for resurfacing the run. In addition, there’s supposed to be new lighting, fencing around all trees, flowering shrubs, new benches, drainage in the park, two doggie and two human drinking fountains, two spigots and a small storage box for tools like rakes. More than a year ago Councilman Brad Lander and Borough President Marty Markowitz allocated $450,000 for renovations, but no additional funding has come through since then. Some of the upgrades to the park are still dependent on how much more money the Parks Department can secure from elected officials. Last night the committee didn’t make a final decision on the type of gravel to be used for resurfacing the run, but the Parks Department rep urged a decision as soon as possible, saying the project is waiting to go into contract and “we don’t want the funds to get cut.” There was no word on an actual time line for the run’s construction since funding isn’t completely secured. Ultimately CB6 approved the improvements with plans to decide on the gravel type ASAP.
Prospect Park was not even half completed when it opened to the public in 1867. It was a huge success, made even larger over the next six years, as work continued. Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted created one of the greatest urban parks in the world, combining nature and architecture seamlessly into the center […]
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership wants to make over Flatbush from the Fulton Mall to Barclays Center, DNAinfo reported. The group is asking local politicians for their support and help drumming up about $7,000,000 for the project. The improvements would extend Phase I of the Flatbush Avenue streetscape project, which is now complete (and cost $23,000,000) […]
The new museum building at the Weeksville Heritage Center is finished, and the official ribbon cutting took place yesterday morning, although the building won’t open to the public until spring 2014. The celebration included an African libation ceremony and speeches from local officials. WHC board chairman Timothy Simmons and outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz recalled when WHC […]
Three contiguous buildings with the same architect but two different owners are going up at the corner of Putnam and Bedford. The furthest along is 1192 Bedford Avenue, at the far left above, a mixed-use building of five stories with six apartments, according to DOB filings. Next door at 1190 Bedford is what seems to […]
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