It’s plaza sweet on Schermerhorn Street

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Downtown is turning into a real walker’s wonderland.

The city has almost finished creating a pedestrian plaza at the corner of Hoyt and Schermerhorn streets, offering bipeds a bit of space in the bustling neighborhood.

The $5,000 project brings a 17-foot by 70-foot walking and sitting area to the front of the main entrance to the Hoyt–Schermerhorn G and A/C train station — protected from traffic and newly painted cycling routes by a row of potted plants.

“It’s some much-needed room to breath on a very crowded sidewalk in Downtown Brooklyn,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, the pedestrian and bike advocacy group. “Previously, this is space that was sitting under parked cars the entire day while pedestrians squeezed onto a few feet of sidewalk. Now that’s really turned on its head.”

The project — which reclaimed a chunk of sidewalk space often covered by parked police cars — started ahead of the expected November launch date and will be completed in the coming weeks when workers install two benches in the piazza, according to the Department of Transportation.

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Reader Feedback

nick from BK says:
glad they did it, it looks nice and works.... now if they can get the cops from still parking on the sidewalk
Oct. 30, 2009, 10:28 am
K from Proxima Centauri says:
Could it be, the thing that finally makes NYC more pedestrian friendly are these anti-terrorist fortifications? Silver linings...
Oct. 30, 2009, 12:07 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
Nov. 2, 2009, 6:23 pm
M from GP says:

Criminal cops: -1
Pedestrians: 1
Nov. 3, 2009, 9:53 pm

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