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DNAinfo reports that Community Board 2 in LIC may join the Tri-Board Task Force that is pondering how to respond some proposed midtown rezoning – Mayor Bloomberg has put forth a proposal to rezone an area of 78 blocks of Midtown to allow for more and bigger skyscrapers. Manhattan Community Boards 1, 4, 5, and 6 want to band together as a multi-board task force to offer their reaction to and concern with this rezoning.

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Yesterday at the Community Board 2 Transportation Meeting the DOT presented an extensive update on three projects happening around Brooklyn Bridge Park. The first has to do with traffic changes at the BQE entrance ramp off Atlantic Avenue. Residents have expressed concerns about drivers making illegal turns onto the ramp and taking a right on red through the crosswalk. In general, the crosswalk is thought to be intimidating for pedestrians. The city has proposed two adding two new concrete islands, one of which will be placed in the middle of the crosswalk to reduce pedestrian crossing time. The other island will be used to protect against illegal left turns from Atlantic onto the ramp. There will also be new street striping, to keep cars from cutting into the entrance ramp lane, and new signal phasing. The second update was for Old Fulton Street (pictured) streetscape improvements. The DOT has already worked on improvements on nearby Front Street, Hicks Street and Furman. Proposals set to be implemented next spring include new crosswalks and sidewalk extensions on Vine and Doughty streets near the BQE. As for Old Fulton Street, the DOT will build out an extended refuge island at Water Street; widen the road as it approaches Water and Front; add dashed striping to discourage illegal parking; and add a new crosswalk with a curbside bike lane at Front Street. Finally, the DOT updated the board on Furman Street traffic patterns since it became a two-way street this summer. The change has had a positive effect on neighborhood circulation and calmed traffic, although there has been a request to accommodate loading at Old Fulton. DOT continues to monitor traffic patterns and plans to work with the park to meet the pedestrian and bicycle needs on Furman. The CB2 Transportation committee made a motion to approve both improvements at the BQE and on Old Fulton Street.

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Last night was the first Community Board 2 meeting of the fall season, and while there wasn’t anything particularly exciting gracing the agenda, there were still a few items of note. The first: There was a presentation of plans for the bollards that will surround Barclays Center, on the blocks bounded by Flatbush, Atlantic, and Sixth avenues. The plans had previously come under some fire for their lack of community input. Forest City Ratner reps (pictured) discussed the plan with the board and explained the bollards will be “round cylinders” that rise 36 inches off the ground. They are placing the bollards inside the property line, where residential buildings are planned. CB2 approved the plans, which the DOT will hold a hearing on early next month.
After the jump, information about arts venue Roulette’s liquor license; a hearing is set for the Boerum Hill rezoning; and word on the Red Apple supermarket that’s opening on Myrtle…

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Last week a business presented plans to CB2’s Permits Committee for a new bike shop in Fort Greene that will also double as a cafe. The bike shop, which will open in about a month at 345 Myrtle Avenue, will do repairs and sell bikes and accessories. A cafe in front will sell coffee in the morning and wine and beer in the evenings. While the bike portion of the store will close at 9 p.m., the cafe will remain open until 11. The liquor license will be voted on by the full community board this Thursday. A nice addition to the avenue, don’t you think? GMAP