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New Task Force Aims to Give Fourth Avenue a Makeover

Borough President Marty Markowitz has founded a task force to help kick Fourth Avenue's transformation into high-gear.

Fourth Avenue’s transformation into a “” will be more than just pipe dream if Borough President Marty Markowitz gets his say.

Markowitz—who has cthe lesser boulevard as the next Fifth or Seventh Avenue—has formed a new task force to oversee projects that will help transform the avenue from a into a beautiful boulevard, “from Atlantic Avenue to the Atlantic Ocean.”

Among the task force’s initiatives will be enhanced safety measures, beautification of subway median vents, tree planting along the entire avenue, from Flatbush Avenue to Shore Road and designing better use of the newly expanded Times Plaza at the intersection of Fourth, Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

“This signals a new era for the Fourth Avenue corridor,” said Councilmember Steve Levin of the plan. “Fourth Avenue has so much potential and I look forward to having a safe and vibrant thoroughfare that spans the length of Brooklyn.”

Two months ago, the city proposed a plan that would turn Fourth Avenue into a “ The plan aims to turn Fourth Avenue into a “lively mixed-use neighborhood” with “a vibrant mix of commercial and community facilities” by requiring to developments to devote ground floor space to retail and community facilities, rather than pepper the avenue with the bleak backs of buildings and parking garages.

Markowitz first spearheaded an i the avenue with his “Vision for the Fourth Avenue Corridor,” which was released in May 2010. The plan proposed to transform the avenue into a “Brooklyn Boulevard” through traffic-calming measures, streetscaping, placemaking and wayfinding improvements and community partnerships. He has also earmarked $2 million for improvements to the subway station.

Since then, several city council members as well and neighborhood organizations such as thehave thrown considerable support behind movements to better the avenue.

“For years now, I have called for the transformation of Fourth Avenue into a signature street worthy of the great neighborhoods it traverses, and street-level retail is a necessary requirement to facilitating a vibrant and active street life,” said Markowitz.

 

Jim August 11, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Another Task Force! Yea! Seriously - I wish these people luck. I think something simple would make 4th Avenue 100 times better and would not require much of a task force or any money: increase the amount of time pedestrians have to cross the avenue. Just a few extra seconds would make a big difference. I feel like I'm the frog in Frogger even when I start to cross with a walk sign.
4th Gal August 12, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Eliminate one lane of traffic, make the medians wider, extend sidewalks buildouts like the one at Union St, and do something to slow down the traffic. It's a death trap, with cars speeding --- some go 50 or 60 mph. It's insane. If Marty wants to show that he's not Mr. Car, he could tame traffic on 4th and leave a real positive legacy in the shadow of the Atlantic Yards boondoggle.
Jorge August 12, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Everything from 5th Ave. to Prospect Park West (well....maybe not 8th Ave. in the Slope) is meant to calm traffic. I actually appreciate 4th Ave. as a thoroughfare to get cars up and down a large section of Brooklyn quickly. Yes, crossing it can be difficult, but some places need to remain car-friendly. I wish them luck with the rest and will be rooting for them.
tom murphy August 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM
Who's on this Task Force?
NativeBrooklyner September 08, 2011 at 09:16 PM
GREAT IDEA!

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