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City installs temporary fix for hard-to-access Fort Greene Park curb

High roller: The Department of Transportation installed this temporary ramp at the Washington Park and DeKalb Avenue entrance to Fort Greene Park and Danayah Caldwell is pumped.
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The city removed a curb and built a makeshift ramp near the Washington Park and DeKalb Avenue entrance to Fort Greene Park last week after locals demanded the Department of Transportation give folks who with difficulty getting around easy access to the greenspace, and it is already a big improvement over the previous situation, said one locals who have been pushing for a solution for years.

“It’s better than nothing,” said Fort Greene resident Anne-Elizabeth Straub, who uses a wheelchair and has been submitting requests for the city to carve out a curb for six years. “It ain’t pretty but it gets the job done, I hope it lasts a long time.”

The asphalt ramp from the street to the sidewalk will do the job while the city comes up with a plan to install a permanent solution in the historic district, according to a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Straub browses the farmer’s market every week, and had to either make the trek to a different corner with a curb cut or risk banging up her wheelchair by going over the sidewalk, she said.

But she tried out the new curb several times on Saturday and reported that she was able to roll up and down without breaking a sweat or her wheels and will now be frequenting it when she can.

“You get into patterns sometimes of not doing things because I have an errand that will take me in that direction,” she said. “Now I have a new rerouting and it’s not negative, so I’m pleased.”

Fellow Fort Greene resident Ed Goldman — who watches people struggle at the entrance from his stall at the park’s popular green market — submitted a request to the city to create the ramp in July.

At the time, the agency told Community Board 2 district manager Rob Perris the it had put down the location on a list for “possible inclusion” in a new ramp contract.

It has now been added to a future contract for carving out new ramps that will need approval from the Landmarks and Preservation Commission.

The department did not need to get an okay from the commission for its temporary fix because the streets in the district don’t have to adhere to landmark guidelines, according to Perris.

People with strollers, bicycles, carts, and wheelchairs have already been taking advantage of the new easy-access curb, according to Goldman, who said he’s satisfied his hard work has actually paid off.

“It’s nice to know that if you persist at something there are possibilities you can wine one,” he said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 5:59 pm, July 9, 2018: New quotes from Straub added.
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Reasonable discourse

Misty says:
My god, these people are so fugging lazy. Just lift your carriage or walk to a different corner!
April 28, 2017, 8:05 am
Bob Marvin from Prospect Lefferts Gaedens says:
Misty,

Are the people who can't get out of their weelchairs and lift them over the curb "lazy" too?
April 28, 2017, 4:33 pm
Cynthia U from Clinton Hill says:
Hahaha Misty!!
April 28, 2017, 6:18 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
For your asinine comment and disgusting attitude, Misty needs to be killed. I propose we all go over to her house and kill her in the most painful way possible.

My suggestion: since Misty doesn't care about people, let's teach her a fatal lesson by having live rats eat through her flesh.

I'd be happy to bring a large pottery bowl -- made by my dear wife in ceramics class -- which I will fill with a couple of rats over to Misty's house.

We will then place this bowel open side down on Misty’s body. Large amount of red-hot charcoal will then be piled on the top of the bowl, gradually heating the air inside. Rats, terrified of the heat will then slowly gnaw their way outside through Misty’s flesh.

After hours of this torture, Misty will die due to intense internal bleeding and septic shock from her severely infected wounds.

That is a fitting punishment for Misty being so insensitive to others' suffering. Kill this woman to get her out of Brooklyn, where we treat each other with respect!
April 29, 2017, 12:58 pm
Tal barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Misty, if those people were able to lift their things up from the curb, they wouldn't need wheelchairs to begin with hence the ability to walk.
April 29, 2017, 3:44 pm
Katie says:
Tal - the whole world can't stop for one complainy bits in a wheel chair.
April 29, 2017, 4:30 pm
Anne-Elizabeth Straub from Fort Green says:
And what about public toilets? When I'm rolling around the sidewalk the only thing I can do is poop in my wheelchair? And who do you think is going to wipe my azz!!
April 30, 2017, 10:30 am

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