Fourth Avenue Getting Greener


The Park Slope Civic Council posted a report on the summer progress of Forth on Fourth Avenue, a committee working to improve the 4th Avenue thoroughfare. They’ve planted 31 trees between Carroll and Bergen streets on Fourth Avenue and 32 trees on Sackett Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. They are also working with the group GreenSpace to finally open up the long-promised community garden in the empty lot at Sackett Street and Fourth Avenue. The group’s efforts to draft a license and memorandum of understanding with the city are finally near completion. Once the community has access to the lot, it plans to focus on native plantings. FOFA also formed an initiative to advocate saving the Church of the Redeemer, the church on the corner of 4th and Pacific slated for demolition. According to FOFA, “The possible loss of the church also prompted discussion about identifying and protecting structures along Fourth Avenue that have historic and cultural significance to the area.” Finally the group has held on-the-ground surveys to gather greening suggestings for the Department of Transportation. The DOT plans to hold public forums this winter concerning street treatments and medians on the stretch of Fourth Avenue from Times Plaza to 15th Street.
No Summer Recess for FOFA [Park Slope Civic Council]

9 Comment

  • It is nice that they planted the trees, but it would be even nicer if the tree pits could be cleaned out once and a while.

    4th ave between President and Carroll, at least someone planted flowers and a makeshift fence around the tree beds, but to no avail has become a littler box and an ashtray.

    This stretch of 4th Ave, between President and Carroll is absolutely disgusting.

  • My biggest complaint on 4th isn’t the dirt or lack of flowers… it’s the speeding cars and dangerous drivers. Crossing the street is suicide. NYPD could make a mint ticketing drivers going 50 mph or more.

    In a way it might be easier to keep the street clean and green if more people felt safe walking there.

  • Thanks for the plug, but if you read the Civic Council News article, you’ll see it is a bit of an overstatement. We have tried to bring the tree beds into care (always a struggle keeping up with garbage), not planted trees (although we do have a request for trees in with the Parks Dept.) And we are supporting the Pacific Street Block association in their efforts to save as much of the church as they can. Similarly, Green Space has the lead on the community garden space. FOFA is supporting a number of street scape initiatives on 4th (and part of the intention is traffic calming) and has been working on bringing attention to the many efforts to make 4th a more livable street.

    • Well, the tree pits would stay a lot better clear of litter if there was a lip around the bed, thus not being below grade level.

      Once there was a lip, or cobble stones, or something around the pit, then ground cover should be planted immediately, thus covering all the dirt.

      Also a strong iron fence on all 4 sides of the pit, and the curb side of the pit shouldn’t go all the way to the curb, there should at least be a foot of concrete so people can get in and out of their cars without stepping in the tree pit.

      I think my idea would help drastically in reducing garbage and cigg butts from ending up in the tree pits.

  • Thanks for the plug, but if you read the Civic Council News article, you’ll see it is a bit of an overstatement. We have tried to bring the tree beds into care (always a struggle keeping up with garbage), not planted trees (although we do have a request for trees in with the Parks Dept.) And we are supporting the Pacific Street Block association in their efforts to save as much of the church as they can. Similarly, Green Space has the lead on the community garden space. FOFA is supporting a number of street scape initiatives on 4th (and part of the intention is traffic calming) and has been working on bringing attention to the many efforts to make 4th a more livable street.

  • Moving the pits might not work since there is a minimum width required on the ped. side.
    The reason solid lips are not used is to not hinder water flow into the pit, though I think that’s dubious, it would only help when water is flowing down the sidewalk, which would be heavy rain and then would hardly matter. I have a brick lip on mine and it doesn’t stop people throwing stuff into the pit.
    FInally, I’ve heard too much ground cover/plants damage the tree (ivy for example) but again this seems doubtful. Trees grow naturally with all kinds of plants around them.