City plan for BQE fix is less clean and less green • Brooklyn Paper

City plan for BQE fix is less clean and less green

OK, so this probably won't be happening. But the city is still hoping to beautify the BQE trench.

In this case, the cover up is not worse than the crime.

The Bloomberg Administration officially issued a long-awaited call this week for engineers to minimize the pollution and unsightliness of the one-mile trench of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that ripped Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens from the Columbia Street Waterfront District and Red Hook 50 years ago.

To fix the so-called “Ditch,” the city is seeking “green planted buffers … new street light fixtures, new street furniture, such as decorative trash receptacles or seating, sidewalk repair and re-alignment, and, other special elements such as pedestrian/bicycle improvements,” the Economic Development Corporation said a statement.

The EDC’s dream of a spruced up BQE was first reported in The Brooklyn Paper last November, but this week’s call for proposals is far less ambitious than a prior dream of decking over the excavated interstate for new housing.

The new parameters also make it unlikely to implement a visionary design by local firm dlandstudio, which called for improved pedestrian crosswalks and new public parks on slabs above the highway.

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