Gas Leak Scare Dumbo

The fire department closed sections of Front Street and Jay Street earlier this afternoon, blocking traffic with fire trucks and caution tape. The reason? A suspicious crack in the sidewalk.

“It’s so they can make sure there isn’t a gas leak,” a construction worker on the scene told Brownstoner, mere seconds before two neon-vested National Grid workers arrived on the scene. (more…)

Atlantic Antic 2015 -- Brooklyn Street Fair Photos

Thousands of Brooklynites made their way across a mile-long stretch of Atlantic Avenue on Sunday for the 41st annual Atlantic Antic, New York’s largest street fair.

Local shops sold their wares, from vintage finds to bespoke jewelry and art prints, soundtracked by performances from marching bands, jazz acts and more.

There was plenty of typical street-festival fare — grilled corn, arepas, fried Oreos and gyros — as well as booths from local food purveyors like Luke’s Lobster, the Good Batch, Landhaus, Sahadi’s and Damascus Bread & Pastry.

See our photos from the fest below. (more…)

Brooklyn Strand Project: Fort Greene Residents Voiced Concerns In Community Workshop

They had to find more chairs. On Monday evening, a group of more than 70 people — architects, city representatives and Brooklyn residents — met at Fort Greene’s Willoughby Senior Center to talk about the future of the neighborhood’s public spaces.

Hosted by Community Board 2 and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the workshop was part of the Brooklyn Strand. The multi-year, multi-part effort is spearheaded by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and WXY Architecture, and seeks to improve public space around the Brooklyn Bridge and BQE from Borough Hall to Commodore Barry Park.


Eric Adams' CROSS Brooklyn Unveils Million Dollar Sidewalk Extension Plan

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and street-safety advocates joined at the site of a recent pedestrian fatality last week to unveil a $1 million plan to improve dangerous intersections.

The plan was unveiled at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z in Sheesphead Bay, where nine fatal or critical crashes have occurred this year (most recently, Carol Carboni was killed in a crash at the intersection in August).

Adams spoke of creating “bulb-outs” and “neck-downs” — otherwise known as sidewalk extensions — at five areas that have a large elderly population.


Pulaski Bridge Bikelane Construction Beginning

Good news for North Brooklyn bicyclists: Work on the much-delayed Pulaski Bridge bikeway will start Monday, September 14. It might even be completed by the end of this year, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol told Streetsblog.

The highly anticipated bike path was originally set to open in 2014, but a series of delays relating to the contractor, design challenges, and funding held up construction. Last month, the Department of Transportation announced newly discovered drainage design issues would delay the bikeway even further, until April 2016.

The drainage design complications were fixed more quickly than expected, according to Lentol.



Both Kingston and Brooklyn avenues are optimal thruways for bike lane implementation. They meet up with east-west bike lanes at multiple junctions and are in an area with a significant number of riders who commute to work via bike. So why have the DOT’s proposals for bike lanes on the stretch been rejected by three separate community boards?

Streetsblog has drawn the conclusion that the DOT is bad at communicating with community boards — and also that community boards are often nearsightedly hostile towards street safety projects.



The Department of Transportation Monday unveiled significant improvements for pedestrian safety along Atlantic Avenue, at the three-way intersection of Atlantic, Washington, and Underhill Avenues. (Three neighborhoods meet there also: Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights and Crown Heights.)

In the four years from 2009 to 20-2013, 99 traffic crashes occurred here, making the spot a prime candidate for changes under Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.



The folks who live on Macon Street between Howard and Ralph in Bed Stuy have the most creative block parties. They go way beyond the ordinary bounce house rental. (The same block won Greenest Block in 2014, BTW.)

A Brownstoner reader who lives on the block filled us in:

We had our block party this Saturday and it took a lot of planning and work. We’re just seeing a last house guest off.

Last year we had a rock wall, which was a huge success. This year we had a wrestling ring that was put up along with three wrestlers, one named Spyder. It was WWE writ small. :) And it was another hugely successful event!

Anyhow, as you can see I am still coming down from the block party high. :)



Anyone passing by the corner of 9th Street and Prospect Park West Saturday night around 11 p.m. would have been amazed to see police shooing hundreds of people out of the park and away from the area.

Turns out a very large group of students and alumni from three Buffalo schools — the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, and Daemon College — had gathered at Prospect Park for the annual meet-up and informal reunion known as the Ruff Buff BBQ. (more…)


So far this year, Brooklyn has seen a total of 23 pedestrian fatalities — more than any other borough.

On Sunday night, two blocks away from the former Long Island College Hospital, 66-year-old Muyassar Moustapha — owner of Cobble Hill’s Oriental Pastry shop — had just bought a pint of pistachio ice-cream when he crossed Atlantic Avenue and was struck and killed by a car. “That car threw his body maybe 20 feet in the air,” a witness told the Daily News.

Despite the friendly competition between Moustapha’s pastry shop and Sahadi’s, across Atlantic, Charlie Sahadi only had fond memories to share when he heard of the tragic incident. “I don’t agree with some of the things Mayor de Blasio came up with, but if that car was driving at 25 miles per hour, this gentleman would not be dead today,” Sahadi told Gothamist.

This traffic collision is heart-wrenching. June’s fatal crash on Atlantic Avenue is heart-wrenching. With new developments such as LICH and Pier 6 expected to bring nearly 1,400 more apartments to the neighborhood, it’s time to think about the safety of our streets. As Brooklyn’s density increases, pedestrian safety becomes an even larger issue.


park slope library

Earlier this month residents in seven Brooklyn city council districts had the opportunity to vote on whether or not to fund a large number of projects using money allocated by the city to each district. The process, known as participatory budgeting, is designed to give citizens more of a voice in how city funds are spent. And now council members representing three of those Brooklyn districts have announced the results of the vote.

In District 39, which runs from the Columbia Street Waterfront, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens through to Park Slope, Kensington and Windsor Terrace, eight projects were funded, including $150,000 for greening Union Street and 9th Street, $250,00 for building a story telling garden at the Park Slope Library (pictured above) and $200,000 for draining a chronically muddy path in Prospect Park. A full list of projects approved by voters in district 39 can be accessed here.


1809 Emmons Avenue1

Renderings released Tuesday by Rybak Development at a Community Board 15 meeting show the developer is planning an ambitious mall with condos above as well as a large public plaza in Sheepshead Bay.

The glass-fronted retail space is broken up with zig zagging and horizontal concrete divisions, and the whole thing comes to nearly a point at one corner, like the prow of a ship. (Perhaps the marine look is a reference to the nearby waterfront area.) The architect of 1809 Emmons Avenue is Brooklyn-based Zproekt.

The renderings were first published by Sheepshead Bites. The developer plans eight stories with 50 to 60 condos. Rybak will need a zoning variance to build that many apartments, which is where the big public plaza comes in. (more…)