Earlier this week a 73-year old pedestrian was hit and killed by a semi truck at the intersection near the Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway intersection, and now the community and local pols are calling for immediate safety measures. The community voted to allocate $200,000 to safety upgrades at the dangerous intersection in last year’s Participatory Budgeting. Now, the community is pushing the New York State Department of Transportation to sign-off on said safety improvements. The New York City DOT had proposed building a pedestrian refuge island between northbound and southbound traffic at the intersection, giving pedestrians a safe space when crossing the nine-lane street. But the New York State DOT rejected the proposal and instead proposed to eliminate the crosswalk entirely. Without the crosswalk, residents would have to walk a block out of their way and wait for three crossing signals instead of one, and it’s likely pedestrians would still cross there anyway. Council Member Brad Lander started a petition today asking the New York State DOT for a pedestrian safety island as well as repairing the damaged sidewalks and crosswalks. Lander also spoke this morning at the corner of Church Avenue and Ocean Parkway to demand a safety plan, pictured above.
From the contractor’s perspective, the 203K inspection is probably the single most important part of the 203K process. The contractor doesn’t get paid for his work until an inspection actually takes place. But let’s take a step back. The 203K inspection is the official FHA inspection of the property, and it can only be done […]
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 […]