Eyes on the Street: Fowler Square Plaza Opens in Fort Greene

The Fowler Square pedestrian plaza debuted today and is already being used. Photo: ##http://www.brownstoner.com/blog/2012/05/pedestrian-street-painted-in-at-fowler-square/##Brownstoner##

Fort Greene’s newest public plaza opened today and Brownstoner was on the scene to capture the moment. The plaza, which reclaimed space for pedestrians on a short, lightly-trafficked block of South Elliott Place between Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue, connects the sidewalk to an existing public triangle.

Even though construction only finished today (because the plaza materials are epoxy, gravel, granite blocks and planters, it only took about a week to install, Brownstoner reported), it’s already getting use. One of those now-iconic folding tables had a crowd of people gathered around it.

At the request of the community board, DOT will be evaluating the impact of the street reclamation on traffic flows and pedestrian life over the summer.

In addition to creating new public space, the plaza shortened this crosswalk on Lafayette Avenue, improving pedestrian safety. Photo: Brownstoner

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