Wednesday: Fix Fourth Avenue
I’ll be on a light posting schedule this weekend, but wanted to call attention to what I feel is the most important livable streets advocacy issue of the summer, the effort to fix Fourth Avenue. A public hearing is being held on Wednesday, July 10th, at 6:30 PM.
Community Board 6, which last month voted against a Department of Transportation plan to calm traffic on Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and 15th Street, will hold a public hearing and special meeting at which it may reconsider the proposal. DOT has accepted an invitation to appear and may offer modifications. The DOT proposal, which is supported by local City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Steve Levin, arose from a multi-year public outreach effort aimed at improving safety on one of New York City’s most dangerous roads. Members of the public will be allocated two minutes each to speak on the proposed plan; having a large group of respectful but resolute plan supporters present will help immensely. The hearing will take place at the 78th Precinct station house, 65 6th Avenue, at the corner of Bergen Street. If you’re unable to attend the hearing, you can submit written testimony in advance of the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer schedules may mean that many of the people who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into the community process over the past few years may not be in town for this hearing. We’ll need smart, sane voices in the room to express their support for a sensible plan to fix one of the borough’s most dangerous streets for pedestrians and drivers. I encourage you to attend if you’re so able.