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No snow shoveling on MTA property sidewalks eight years after project approval

Location: 
Atlantic Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, Pacific Street, 6th Avenue
When: 
January 24, 2015 - 4:47pm

The State still hasn't managed to find a way to clear the snow from the project's sidewalks 8 years after the project was approved.  The wet snow from today is likely to freeze tonight creating black ice and difficult footing.  A great many of the remaining sidewalks are currently closed for construction.  The combination obviously makes the area undesirable to walk through and about.  The sidewalks that are cleared are on the arena block and the east side of 6th Avenue.
 

3rd incident this week of truck getting stuck on Carlton Avenue after hitting tree

Location: 
Carlton Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets
When: 
January 23, 2015 - 8:15pm

For the 3rd time this week a truck got stuck under the tree on Carlton Avenue.  This morning the truck wasn't just too tall, it was also too wide.  According to the resident who forwarded me the information, the truck hit the tree because of its height, and the green wall because of its width.  There are fresh scratches on the green wall across from the tree.

White stripes on the pavement are for cars?

Location: 
6th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
When: 
January 23, 2015 - 2:21pm

Yesterday, after I posted some photos in "Pedestrian crosswalk unsafe for at least 4 months", I took photos from the ground too and was surprised with the police officers there, looking like it was a reaction to the photos an hour earlier. That was the first time ever I saw police directing traffic there outside of event hours. That is a good thing. But there are always unattended times.

Construction fencing on Carlton creates ongoing unsafe condition

Location: 
Carlton Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets
When: 
January 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

The construction fencing on Carlton Avenue is pinching the street too much and creating an ongoing unsafe condition.  Taller vehicles like trucks and buses cannot pass through the Avenue without hitting a tree.  The tree is old and beautiful and should be preserved.  The damage is both to the tree and the vehicles that pass.  
 

Pedestrian crosswalk unsafe for at least 4 months

Location: 
6th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue
When: 
January 22, 2015 - 9:16am

The crosswalk on this intersection has been unsafe and continuously shared between cars, trucks, bikers , construction trucks and pedestrians. The authorities, DOB, or the developers did not even bother painting a new crosswalk in a more safe location, indicating where pedestrians should cross to stay safeand away from cars. Several times a day there are no workers helping and indicating the way.

Tree damaged on Carlton Avenue/Avenue closed without notice

Location: 
Carlton Avenue from Dean to Pacific Streets
When: 
January 19, 2015 - 10:33pm

On Monday morning contractors associated with Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park apparently hit a tree on Carlton Avenue.  I was called by a Carlton Avenue resident who forwarded me the following text and the attached photographs.  I am sure the resident will speak to someone in oversight if they wish.
 

2014-12-21 Temple of Restoration church double parks even in B65 bus stop in congested traffic area

Location: 
Dean St bet 6th Ave & Carlton into B65 bus stop
When: 
December 21, 2014 - 10:42am

2014-12-21 Temple of Restoration church double parks even in B65 bus stop
Temple of Restoration church double parks even in B65 bus stop creating more traffic impacts & congestion for residents.
Temple of Restoration
515 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Fire truck caught in traffic jam on Dean Street again

Location: 
Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt
When: 
December 18, 2014 - 6:30pm

I don't know if the fire truck was on a call or not, but it had its lights flashing.  It turned on its siren once it crossed Vanderbilt.  The time of the filming was between 6:30 and 7:00 pm.
 
The video starts long after the fire truck was caught in traffic on Dean.  The video starts roughly at mid-block.  The traffic was likely backed up to the fire house more than a block away.  All the same the truck takes 3 and 1/2 minutes to cross Vanderbilt Avenue.  
 

No "Sidewalk Closed" signs on construction fence at Vanderbilt; pedestrians use closed crosswalk and bike lane on Vanderbilt

Location: 
Vanderbilt Avenue from Dean Street to Pacific Street
When: 
December 18, 2014 - 8:50pm

There are no "sidewalk closed" signs on the crosswalks across Dean and Vanderilt at the Dean/Vanderbilt intersection.  I haven't checked the other intersections yet. 
 
The closure seems anyway to count on pedestrians to behave themselves and not walk along the construction fence, which if experience is a guide, they will do.  It is hard to fight natural pedestrian behavior.  When the north side of Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenue was closed to build the arena people simply walked along the construction fence.

Vanderbilt narrowed too much; no signs on crosswalk for pedestrians

Location: 
Vanderbilt Avenue from Dean Street to Pacific Street
When: 
December 14, 2014 - 3:53pm

The 311 complaint was forwarded to me by a resident of Fort Greene concerned about the unsafe condition they noted on Vanderbilt.
 
When filing the 311 complaint the filer described the condition as dangerous.  The filer wrote to me that "My concern was the dangerous condition they've created on Vanderbilt, usurping walkway and one lane of traffic, leaving only the bike path flanked by the big wall.  There's no room for bikes, no room for pedestrians and there were no signs last week.  Maybe they've put some up since."