Is Brooklyn’s Fancy New Waterfront Park Too Dangerous To Get To?

04/12/2011 11:22 AM |

Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Worth the scary trek?

Unless you’re coming from Dumbo, getting to the beautiful new Brooklyn Bridge Park involves passing under the BQE, possibly crossing its on- and off-ramps on Atlantic Avenue, and crossing highway-like Furman Street, an approach that Councilman Brad Lander hopes will be made safer before the summer crowds descend on the waterfront oasis.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that Lander has started a petition (which you can sign right here) demanding that the city’s Department of Transportation make the Brooklyn Bridge Park approach safer for pedestrians—bike infrastructure thereabouts could do with some improvements too.

The petition specifically mentions Columbia Street, Atlantic Avenue and Joralemon Street without naming the exact improvements needed thereupon, but Lander points out that something more substantial than the minor signage changes done so far is needed. That said, it seems unlikely said unspecified pedestrian changes will be ready for summer. Your walk in the park will still require a walk across a high-speed road.