City Officials Hold Press Conference on Grand Army Plaza Changes

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and other city officials will be doing a press conference to discuss the pedestrian, cyclist and traffic flow improvements in progress at Grand Army Plaza (between the Arch and Prospect Park). The impetus for these improvements was generated, to a large degree, by GAPco.

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DOT Minds the GAP

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With city workers pouring concrete in the background (and StreetFilms’ cameras rolling), New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced pedestrian and cyclist improvements for Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza yesterday. The plan calls for 11,000 square feet of new, landscaped pedestrian islands, a separated bike path, new crosswalks and pedestrian signals. The redesign […]

GAPCo Wins Design Trust Fellowship

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Sculpture on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Grand Army Plaza On the heels of Tuesday’s press conference, here is another exciting development at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. Robert Witherwax, an organizer of the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, sends along the following news: As you may know, GAPCo applied for a fellowship from the Design […]

Visions of a Grander Grand Army Plaza

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One vision: Grand Army Plaza’s fountain and arch connected to Prospect Park. The summary of the brainstorming done at last month’s placemaking workshop of the Grand Army Plaza Coalition (GAPco) is now available, and it’s full of rich possibilities for this vitally important yet underused space. Download the PDF here. The DOT’s recently announced plans […]

What’s Next at Grand Army Plaza?

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The asphalt expanse where Flatbush and Vanderbilt Avenues meet at the north end of Grand Army Plaza. Photo: Google Street View We missed it in the run-up to the holidays last month, but this item in the Brooklyn Paper is worth a longer look. DOT has announced its intention to implement some safety fixes at […]

In Progress: The Reclamation of Grand Army Plaza for Walking

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Construction work is nearing completion at one of the summer’s biggest livable streets projects: DOT’s improvements for pedestrians and cyclists at Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza. Spurred by the advocacy groundwork laid by the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, the city has added huge new pedestrian islands on the north side of the plaza and created safer […]

A Community Workshop to Re-envision Grand Army Plaza

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All across the city neighborhood groups are coming together to re-envision and plan their own communities. In the last few months we’ve seen valuable community-planning processes taking place in Hell’s Kitchen, the Meatpacking District and, to a certain extent, along Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. People aren’t waiting around for real estate developers or city […]