Category Archives: Myrtle Avenue Plaza

Sign The Petition for a Crosswalk at Grand Avenue

Over 500 people have signed the petition calling for a safe crosswalk at Myrtle Grand. Sign your name and help us reach our goal of 1,000 signatures!

On Myrtle Avenue, we have started to make our New Year’s resolutions and at the top of our list is a crosswalk at Myrtle and Grand Avenues.

We have launched a petition to install a crosswalk on Myrtle Avenue at Grand Avenue. You can read the petition below, but please sign it here to tell the NYC Department of Transportation that a crosswalk at Grand Avenue will make Myrtle Avenue safer for everyone.

We ask that the NYC Department of Transportation install a crosswalk on Myrtle Avenue at Grand Avenue. Currently, there is no crosswalk on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place, a four block stretch of a busy commercial corridor. Without a crosswalk, Myrtle Avenue is often difficult and dangerous to cross.

The everyday things people do on Myrtle Avenue – buy groceries, catch the bus, grab a meal or drink with friends – all require walking blocks out of the way or taking your chance dodging traffic. Meanwhile, Myrtle Avenue Plaza, a large public space on the south side, has plenty of seating but no crosswalk access for four blocks. These conditions are especially problematic given the large number of senior citizens that live and shop nearby.

Adding a crosswalk signal to Myrtle Avenue at Grand Avenue will make Myrtle Avenue safer. Please sign this petition to let the NYC Department of Transportation know that four blocks is too far without a pedestrian crossing signal.

Share this:

Dec 16: Merry on Myrtle Holiday Event

Join us for Merry on Myrtle. We’re hosting our very first holiday event in the new Myrtle Avenue Plaza on Saturday, December 16th, from 12pm to 3pm.  Join us!

FREE activities include:

  • Musical duo singing holiday music
  • A kissing photo booth complete with mistletoe
  • Ice sculpting live demo (12-2pm)
  • Holiday crafting (1-3pm)
  • Hot chocolate!

The Myrtle Avenue Plaza is located on Myrtle between Steuben and Emerson.
For more info contact (718) 230-1689 ext 3# or email hello@myrtleavenue.org.

Share this:

Concerns Voiced to City Over Plaza Construction

plaza constructionOn Monday evening, over 100 people gathered for the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District (BID) 12th Annual Meeting at Cultura Pan Latin Cooking in Clinton Hill. The event provides an opportunity for BID Members – property owners, merchants, and residents within the district – to review the BID’s work over the past year.  The meeting closed with a forum for sharing the concerns of merchants who have been impacted by the prolonged construction of the new Myrtle Avenue Plaza.  Representatives from various city agencies and elected offices were on hand to listen to community members, pledge action for improving the construction process, and provide updates on the remaining construction activity.

Following invitations from the BID, staff from the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) were on hand to outline remaining construction schedules and to address long periods of inactivity occurred throughout 2016.  Additionally, representatives from the NYC Department of Small Business Services, Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, and Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo were present and advocated for the impacted small business community.

The NYC Department of Design and Construction, who is responsible for managing the construction of the project, stated that the plaza will be fully finished by May 2017.  Additionally, concrete work is on schedule to be complete by December 25, 2017; with plantings and furniture installation occurring in early 2017.

Several small business owners whose businesses face the plaza construction addressed the city’s representatives, citing the work’s impacts on their ability to conduct business.  Representatives from Liberty Pizza, Salon 718, Bergen Bagels, Key Food, Tipsy Wine, TD Bank and the former Pushkin Creperie all shared hardships caused by lack of communication, miscommunication, extensive construction delays, and the prolonged impact of construction on the community.

The discussion around plaza construction followed the official business portion of the BID’s Annual Meeting, in which several directors of the board were renominated.  The four directors who were reinstated include Doug Bowen, Kevin Shirley of Apple Bank for Savings, John Dew, and Larry Hoy.  Additionally, board officers were re-elected: Dr. Thomas F. Schutte as chair, John Dew as vice-chair, and Larry Esposito as treasurer. Kevin Shirley was newly elected to the position of secretary.

 

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Look Ahead – May 2, 2016

A “Look Ahead” at Myrtle Avenue Plaza Construction work this week (5/2/16- 5/6/16)*

Construction Work Hours: Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm

Myrtle Avenue from Emerson Place to Hall Street on the south side:
Saw cutting/ Excavation/ Pouring of concrete for curbs

Myrtle Avenue between Emerson Place and Hall Street, Mondays – Fridays 6am – 6pm until further notice:
• No Parking In Effect
• Work Operations including construction of Plaza, etc.

The traffic detour remains in effect from Myrtle Avenue from Washington Avenue to Emerson.

NYC Transit B54 Bus detour (eastbound only) remains in effect:
• Right on Washington Avenue
• Left on Willoughby Avenue
• Left on Classon Avenue
• Right on Myrtle Avenue and back on regular route

*This information was provided by the NYC Department of Design and Construction, who is managing the project. Questions about construction activities should be directed to Chris Fields, DDC Community Construction Liaison at (718) 857-3283 or myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Survey

Plaza Photo

The Myrtle Avenue Plaza is shaping up along the south side of Myrtle between Hall Street and Emerson Place and we need your input on public programming ideas. With a new grocery store in tow, and the Pratt Film School adjacent to the 25,000 square foot site, we are full of ideas on how to program this space and we are sure that you have some ideas as well. Click here if you’d like to receive updates on plaza construction and provide feedback on the types of events you’d like to see in the plaza.

Construction is being managed by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC).  For construction-related questions, please contact the DDC Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Chris Fields.  He can be reached at myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com or (718) 857-3283.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Survey

Myrtle Avenue Plaza, Clinton Hill Brooklyn

Upon completion, the Myrtle Avenue Plaza will provide a much needed space for community activity in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. In order for the space to best serve the community, and the city, it is imperative that we hear about the ways that you, our neighbors, wish to see it used. In the past we have had some dynamic input about events ranging from farmers markets to music performances; share your ideas with us by completing our plaza community survey.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Construction Update: July 20 – July 24, 2015

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Brooklyn
Construction on the Myrtle Avenue Plaza has officially resumed. Work had come to a halt in late January of this year. This week contractors will be installing four (4) replacement catch basins at various locations on Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place.

If you have any construction-related questions, please contact the DDC Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Chris Fields at myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com.

If you’d like to receive updates on plaza construction and its impacts on Myrtle Avenue, please sign-up here.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Construction Update: No Work 1/26/15 – 1/30/15

Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza

There is no work scheduled for this week.  Work may resume shortly.

If you have any construction-related questions, please contact the DDC Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Chris Fields at myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com or .

If you’d like to receive updates on plaza construction and its impacts on Myrtle Avenue, please sign-up here.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Construction: On Break 12/22/14 – 1/2/15

CAC Industries will be on break for two weeks, 12/22/14 through 1/2/15, returning to work on Monday, 1/5/15.  Other private construction in the area may continue.

If you have any construction-related questions, please contact the DDC Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Chris Fields at myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com or (718) 857-3283.

If you’d like to receive updates on plaza construction and its impacts on Myrtle Avenue, please sign-up here.

Share this:

Myrtle Plaza Construction Bulletin: No Work This Week

UPDATE: DDC indicated that no work is scheduled for this week in order to “resolve unforeseen field conditions.”

If you have any construction-related questions, please contact the DDC Community Construction Liaison (CCL) Ronnell Madison at myrtleplazaccl@gmail.com or (718) 857-3283.

If you’d like to receive updates on plaza construction and its impacts on Myrtle Avenue, please sign-up here.

Share this:

Myrtle Avenue Plaza Construction Will Begin in Late Summer or Early Fall

DDC Plaza Construction Announcement August 2013

We’ve received many inquiries about when construction of Myrtle Avenue Plaza will start. According the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the construction will begin in late summer or early fall, 2014. Previously, construction was scheduled to begin in the fall of 2013. Contractors will start with work on water mains and catch basins before moving on to the plaza area itself. Estimated time to completion is 18 months. The official competitive bid documents were recently released and can be downloaded from this page.

The Myrtle Avenue Plaza will create approximately 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space by reconfiguring two blocks of the four-block service road and the southeast corner of Myrtle at Hall. Enhancements include: improved crossings, new bus stops, dozens of new trees, large planters with ornamentals, game tables, a water fountain, a permanent art installation, moveable tables and chairs, and more. The plaza will also provide space for community programming. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District will be the city’s maintenance partner and will be responsible for upkeep and programming.

Check out the site plan and renderings here.

This project is part of the first round of NYC DOT’s capital Plaza Program . Funding was provided by Councilmember Tish James, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Federal Government, and NYC DOT.

Share this:

Public Design Commission Approves Designs for Myrtle Plaza


After extensive public input and multiple design iterations, the New York City Public Design Commission (PDC) approved the plans for Myrtle Plaza, a $6M capital project to reconstruct the streets and sidewalks of Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Emerson Place.

The Myrtle Avenue plaza will create approximately 25,000 square feet of new pedestrian space by reconfiguring two blocks of the four-block service road and the southeast corner of Myrtle at Hall. Enhancements include: improved crossings, new bus stops, dozens of new trees, large planters with ornamentals, game tables, a water fountain, a permanent art installation, moveable tables and chairs, and more. The plaza will also provide space for community programming. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Business Improvement District will be the city’s maintenance partner and will be responsible for upkeep and programming. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013 and will last over a year.

Check out the site plan and renderings here.

This project is part of the first round of NYC DOT’s capital Plaza Program . Funding was provided by Councilmember Tish James, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and NYC DOT.

 

This post was originally published on November 13, 2012.

Share this: