Saturday: Paint the Pavement With Brooklyn Students

intersection_repair_13.jpgLaying down a fresh coat on Portland’s Sunnyside Piazza.

If you’re in Fort Greene tomorrow, drop by 51 St. Edwards Street for some great Livable Streets action. Students from the Community Roots Charter School will be out in the street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., working on a new mural covering the pavement in front of their school, and volunteers are welcome to join in. The mural painting is the joint handiwork of DOT’s Urban Art Program, Livable Streets Education, and local artists and teachers. Sound unusual? It is. We’re told this may be the first time NYCDOT has ever approved a pavement painting project.

While DOT isn’t calling the mural a street reclamation, the spirit is similar to Portland’s "intersection repair" and Ocean City’s "traffic safety quilt". Those projects created can’t-miss signs for drivers to slow down and look out for people. And is there anywhere in New York City that could use some eye-popping, windshield-piercing street art more than school zones? Let’s hope that tomorrow’s pavement painting is the first of many.

  • Is that even a mapped street?

  • According to the city’s GIS site, it’s Brooklyn’s block 2039, lot 0! No. 15 has 459.25 feet of frontage. Google Street View, however, prominently displays “Do Not Enter” signs on both ends of the block.

    Now that I know it’s there, I can sneak through with my pony.

  • Funny how maps don’t tell the whole picture. This street may read that way on the map, but it is heavily used by buses during drop off and pick up every school day. There are also many kids who are dropped off via cars at the mouth of the street. Children crossing from the Ingersoll apartments have trouble crossing to the school at these busy times safely. Cars and buses need a reminder that children are present and that they need to be more careful.

    Also, on weekends, this “street” is ugly blacktop which is reserved for cars that don’t use it.

    At the street painting, parents of school children and community residents spoke to us about how important the art project was to them. It was a street in heavy need of “repair” and this is a beginning to the solution. We were grateful to all the people who made it happen.

  • Westashevillewatch

    Do you have any other pictures of this???

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