Delays for the Flatbush Avenue Streetscape Project


Looks like the Flatbush Avenue Capital Streetscape project, first presented by the DOT in 2010 but not heard much of since then, has been delayed while waiting for approval from the Public Design Commission. (Sound familiar?) According to an email from the North Flatbush Avenue BID, the PDC first considered the project last April and requested minor changes. The proposal is expected to go back to the PDC before the end of this month. You can view the scope of work here; it includes major upgrades for all the Flatbush Avenue “triangles” at at 6th, 7th and 8th avenues, as well as improved crossings, more open space, more trees and plants, and more cafe tables and chairs. The next meeting on the matter with the DOT and the North Flatbush Avenue BID is scheduled for Wednesday June 6th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Flatbush Triangles To Get Made Over [Brownstoner]

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  • Is the grand statue of Marty Markowitz going up in front of the Hooters?

  • Is the grand statue of Marty Markowitz going up in front of the Hooters?

  • Art Salt

    I think the approval from the dollar van guys is holding this up.

  • Yeah, we need more seating and tables along this corridor to encourage people to soak up even more air pollution from the trucks, buses, and cars which will be slowed down by the sidewalk extensions, expanded plazas, etc. Good for one’s health and fits in perfectly with the emperor’s anti-smoker campaign. A colossal waste of money. Slash the DOT budget!

    Is there actually any time of day when Flatbush Avenue is not full of traffic?

    • even if you were right about increased air pollution, the increased open spaces and trees and plants will help net it out.

      and what about the improved crossings? do you have a problem with increased pedestrian safety, too?

      (ps, if you look at the presentation, you might be better informed about where the budget for the project is coming from.)

      • Actually, I did read the article quite thoroughly. Wherever the source of the funding, it is still a big waste of money, like much of the DOT’s projects, many of which, I predict, will be removed in the future.

        Do you think that the increased trees and plants are some sort of giant Oreck air purifiers? That they immediately suck up the pollution belched out by vehicles? If so, perhaps you’ve been sitting too long in a mid-street traffic island.

        One can improve traffic safety by lengthening traffic lights. One does not have to do major construction and build those ridiculous extended corners to accomplish safety goals. But one does have to do such things if he is waging a war against cars and drivers. I’ll be much more inclined to give credence to Sadik-Con and Bloombug when they totally give up their city limos and travel exclusively by train, subway, and bicycle.

  • The single most essential improvement needed is a walk signal/crosswalk at Flatbush and Carlton. Drivers make right-hand turns onto Carlton without yielding to pedestrians in the intersection, often racing to beat the (new?) light at Carlton and Park. It is a horrific accident waiting to happen. And yes, some of the worst offenders are the dollar-van guys.

  • The single most essential improvement needed is a walk signal/crosswalk at Flatbush and Carlton. Drivers make right-hand turns onto Carlton without yielding to pedestrians in the intersection, often racing to beat the (new?) light at Carlton and Park. It is a horrific accident waiting to happen. And yes, some of the worst offenders are the dollar-van guys.

  • The proposal actually looks fairly reasonable except for the places they’ve plopped tables where people walk, especially at 8th Ave. near the 2 train.

    That’s the most annoying thing to me about the DoT’s streets projects – take 34th St. which is completely bustling and hard to walk around and now they’ve added moveable tables where people sprawl in pedestrian pathways. What’s that got to do with transportation?

  • The greatest improvement was taking out the block of St John’s place that dangerously spills into Flatbush.It’s a real shame that a few people from that building shouted it down. If only 1% of the pedestrians who almost get run over at that crosswalk every day had been there to shout back.