(February 15th, 2014)
A group of neighbors are working to improve Fourth Avenue and the BHA is supporting this effort. The letter that follows is a followup to a meeting held in January. Click on the links for more information about this worthy effort.
Howard Kolins, BHA President
We continue to hear positive comments about “A New Look at 4th Avenue”.
As promised at the meeting, FOFA (Forth on Fourth Avenue) has put together a “Report the Community” to both document the meeting and to serve as a reference for future work. The report includes an IntroductionforANewLookat4thAvenueMeeting2014, a SurveyResults-ANewLookat4thAvenue2014, a MeetingSummary-ANewLookat4thAvenue2014 (key issues discussed at the meeting, including council member commitments), and a list of the organizational affiliations provided by survey respondents.
We hope that you will find this information helpful in developing 4th Avenue action plans for your organizations and we encourage you to freely make use of it – it is, in a true sense of the word, public information. If you have any questions about the material, please let us know. Additionally, we’d be happy to know if and how it is useful to you.
We also want to add a special thank you to Council members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin for generously sharing a significant amount of time at the meeting.
We look forward to future work with you on the 4th Avenue corridor.
SJ Avery and Elise Selinger Co-chairs, FOFA
(August 14th, 2009)
Almost every day, some innocent pedestrian is mowed down by a careless or aggressive driver. This time it was an 8-year-old boy.
You can get sad and/or angry here, in the Post.
(July 13th, 2009)
If you ever were concerned about the effect bridge tolls have on traffic in the city — and through our neighborhood in particular — this is an awesome op-ed piece by Sam Schwartz, aka, “Gridlock Sam.”
Here’s a taste:
In fact, under the new toll rates, big five-axle tractor-trailers heading to New Jersey from Brooklyn will be charged $60 to stay on expressways in Brooklyn and Staten Island and cross the Verrazano Bridge but nada, not a cent, to travel the streets of downtown Brooklyn, bounce across the creaky Manhattan Bridge, rumble through Chinatown via Canal St., tour the West Village and Chelsea via Eighth Ave. and head out the Lincoln Tunnel.
Something has to be done. Especially with the BQE about to begin, what, a twenty-year construction project? Sigh.
(May 29th, 2009)
Did you hear the G train will be expanding service through Boerum Hill all the way to Church Av in Kensington? It’s true. Beginning July 5th. Now you don’t have to just wait for an F to get to Prospect Park. Huzzah.
(May 28th, 2009)
Like the mighty titans of local coverage they are, the Brooklyn Paper gets candidates for the 33rd District (i.e., Yassky’s seat) to reveal their stances on a Residential Parking Permit program. Read them here.
(May 27th, 2009)
Just read these candidates positions from the 39th District on Permit Parking and it got me thinking. Lots of points of view.
(May 22nd, 2009)
Just read on Streetsblog that DOT is finally beginning to implement their “Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming” project they had originally promised to complete by 2006. Welcome news, although almost all the intersections they’re planning to calm are in Brooklyn Heights and in south Gowanus.
Check it out here:
(May 18th, 2009)
Residential permit parking (RPP) bill proposed by Sen. Squadron & Assemblywoman Millman to help block the use of Boerum Hill and other near-Manhattan neighborhoods as a “park and ride” for commuters from further out.
The Brooklyn Paper: Squadron: Let us pay to park in our neighborhoods.
(June 11th, 2003)
The purpose of the BHA Traffic & Transportation Committee is to advocateâ€¨for progressive and environmentally responsible methods of improving theâ€¨safety, usability and efficiency of all forms of transportation affectingâ€¨the Boerum Hill community through the following activities:
- Identify local and systemic transportation problems and their direct or indirect effects on Boerum Hill
- Educate and encourage residents how to communicate complaints orâ€¨suggestions regarding transportation issues affecting Boerum Hill andâ€¨monitor the quality and timeliness of response by government agenciesâ€¨and/or elected officials.
- Participate in Environmental Impact Statement and other public processesâ€¨in connection proposed transportation projects and the traffic impacts ofâ€¨other proposed projects.
- Communicate with elected officials as necessary.
- Attend meetings of local and regional transportation advocacy groups, andâ€¨report on issues of interest to Boerum Hill residents via egroup andâ€¨newsletter.
- Cooperate with Quality of Life Committee to identify problems that relateâ€¨to automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles and possible solutions
- Cooperate with Land Use Committee to identify traffic & transportationâ€¨implications of land use proposals and possible effects on Boerum Hill.
- Liaise with neighboring civic, business and community based organizationsâ€¨on issues of mutual concern.