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UPDATE: Putnam Avenue Closed For New Pedestrian Plaza

DOT shuts block between Grand and Fulton as opponents of project push for delay.

Update, 2:39 p.m.: Councilwoman Leticia James, D-Brooklyn, said she had a conversation with Brooklyn DOT commissioner Joseph Palmieri on concerns brought by some residents and business owners about the Putnam pedestrian plaza.

James would not go into detail on the specific issues raised. However, she confirmed that talks included the restoration of an eliminated bus stop on the B26 line along Putnam Avenue.

Meanwhile, a resident reported that construction had resumed Monday afternoon on the stretch of street and adjacent sidewalk slated for the outdoor plaza.

, crews working for the city Deparment of Transporation began work Friday on a pedestrian plaza on Putnam Avenue between Grand Avenue and Fulton Street.

The street is now blocked to vehicular traffic with plastic barriers, with the road running north of Putnam Triangle showing signs of grading work.

According to city DOT, construction on the outdoor plaza is scheduled to be complete by the end of the week, with the arrival of gravel, planters, tables and chairs at the site.

Members of Fulton Area Coming Together, a group opposed to the project, met with Councilwoman Letitia James, D-Brooklyn, last week to discuss a possible delay in construction to allow for more public input, according to area resident Scheille Hagan.

Requests for comment from James' office on the meeting were not immediately returned.

NiBBLerWatch September 19, 2011 at 07:08 PM
FACT? How about FUDGE: Foes Using Delay to Gut Enhancements. Or maybe just Neighbors for Better Pedestrian Plazas.
don September 20, 2011 at 02:25 AM
They are taking away parking spaces Pedestrian Plazas this is New York not Kansas who ever is in change is not a native New Yorker we have made it all of this time they are taking the "soul" of of Brooklyn if you don't like Brooklyn like it is go back to Kansas
Ana September 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM
Not only is it taking away parking spaces, but the traffic is horrendous! Try making a left from Grand into Putnam...it's almost impossible because of the back up coming from Putnam into Grand! This is dangerous to our young kids crossing at this intersection!
sonia September 20, 2011 at 08:23 PM
How does DOT come up with its pedestrian plaza sites? The plaza on Willoughby is really great, across from Borough Hall, Brooklyn Law and all the courts. It has a built-in clientele and a ready supply of take from the Fulton Mall. We say three cheers for this one! Yet it has only three tables and twelve chairs. The Putnam plaza, betwixt and between nowhere will have eight tables w/umbrellas and forty-eight chairs. Does DOT know who all the people are who will be sitting in the middle of Putnam? Did DOT do studies? They haven't done too good a job of rerouting the buses through too-tight turns and uncoordinated lights. The traffic that's backing up on Putnam and Grand b/c Putnam is closed is crazy. That may be on purpose since DOT has made very clear their intention to drive cards and trucks out of NYC.
fred September 20, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Did the DOT realise that winter is coming up and nobody will be outside enjoying the tables and chairs? Maybe we will all be sat out there watching the bus and car accidents attempting the tight corners in the snow. I guess its going to be a front row seat for the demolition derby.
Amanda September 20, 2011 at 08:36 PM
What is it the Department of Transportation does? They used to be responsible for keeping the streets safe and clear. Now they remove streets?
Schellie September 22, 2011 at 07:30 PM
The neighborhood was watching when the DOT crews showed up Monday to start the plaza. They came in 4 or 5 trucks from two different companies FROM NEW JERSEY. They parked Indian-file on the Fulton side of the Putnam Triangle, rendering the B25/B26 stop unusable for the afternoon. Next stop, Washington Avenue! The work consisted of pouring epoxy on the street and then sweeping gravel over it. Guys looking on were saying, "I could do that." The crew chief said they would be repeating the same process at another Brooklyn location the next day. We wish the New Jersey teams well. But what's with DOT awarding contracts out of state, never mind longterm ones? We have a City with unemployed able-bodied men on every street corner, including Putnam and Grand.
Park Sloperstein October 29, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Go for it, Schielle! You have absolutely nothing rational or substantive to say about the pedestrian plaza program so, yeah, why not try to make it into an issue that city agencies assign competitively bid contracts to companies from New Jersey. Oh, the horror! The foreigners from New Jersey have invaded Ft. Greene soil! I bet you could get a New York Post story or CBS2 Marcia Kramer piece out of the NJ issue. Good luck!

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