Pedestrian Plaza Coming Soon To Hillel Place

FLATBUSH – There’s a pedestrian plaza coming to Hillel Place from Kenilworth Place to Flatbush Avenue!

The plaza will be located across the new entrance of the Tow Center for the Performing Arts. Construction has already begun, and the roads have been closed for good and construction is expected to be completed by mid-August, Brooklyn College tells us.

In 2015, the Flatbush Junction BID applied to DOT’s Plaza Program to create a pedestrian plaza. The DOT agreed that the plaza would allow for a much-needed “pedestrian space at this bustling intersection by creating a space where shoppers, students, and residents alike can find a place to sit, study, or socialize.”

Photo: Brooklyn College

The Flatbush Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, and Hillel Place intersection is also a Vision Zero priority. Vision Zero has identified a number of locations across the city as part of an initiative to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries. The plaza would help ease traffic by providing an alternate route around Nostrand Ave to Hillel Place.

Map via DOT.

Here’s what the new plaza means:

  • Hillel Place will be closed to vehicular traffic from Flatbush to Kenilworth
  • New public amenities such as movable furniture
  • A new painted curb extension to the east side of Flatbush
  • A new loading zone to Flatbush just north of Hillel Place
  • A shorter pedestrian crossing across Flatbush and Nostrand
  • A new stop sign on Hillel Place to turn on to Kenilworth Place
  • Hillel Place will be eastbound between Campus Road to Kenilworth Place
  • More parking on Campus Road

This new initiative also has the support of Brooklyn College, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, and State Senator Kevin Parker.

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Zainab Iqbal

Zainab is a staff reporter at Bklyner who sometimes writes poetry in her free time || zainab@bklyner.com

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  1. My wife and I are new to the area, and we welcome this addition of public space in an area without much of it. Brooklyn College is a desolate fortress (it doesn’t even allow members of the public on campus, despite being a public institution), and hopefully this plaza will mark the start of an evolution towards a more people-friendly Brooklyn College and neighborhood.

    The Flatbush Malls and surrounding blocks are nice but they are not public space. The plaza will become a great neighborhood amenity.

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