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Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park graphic: what's built/what's coming + project FAQ (pinned post)

Unresolved and lingering: what happened to the promised Times Plaza open space?

Last April, I asked in a blog post: what happened to the announced revamp of Times Plaza open space, at the intersection of Flatbush, Fourth, and Atlantic avenues?

I submitted a question before the upcoming 5/11/21 Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park Quality of Life meeting , but the question was not answered. (The meeting notes cite "a list of the questions submitted in advance of and during the meeting via the chat feature and email," but my question wasn't answered. I've asked it again.)

To quote that April post... To reprise what I wrote in November 2019, I had reported in October 2017, how the open space revamp planned at Times Plaza might go into construction in the second quarter of 2018.

That didn't happen, and subsequent promises of progress didn't deliver, either.

The work will only take place in the western part of the space, which is controlled by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The eastern portion of the plaza, with a historic structure controlled by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and guarded by bollards, is not part of the plan.

As shown in the image at left, the purple indicates space for a bike lane, and a neckdown to make for a shorter crossing of Flatbush.

Heavy planters would be movable (with a forklift). Also movable would be tables and chairs. There's space for a vending kiosk operated by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, bike racks and trash cans.

The plans have been approved by the city's Public Design Commission (PDC), but "we’ve been under DOT review for several months," Greenland USA's Scott Solish said at that November 2019 meeting.

It's been two years. As shown. in the photo below, which I took Oct. 20, the opportunity awaits.

And it's part of a larger challenge to revamp the intersection.

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