Third Avenue Pedestrian Mall Shot Down

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Community Board 10 voted against closing Third Avenue in Bay Ridge to  traffic for 6 nights during the final weeks of summer. At least until the plan’s sponsors  can address traffic and parking concerns.

According to, around 200 people showed up at the meeting, held on June 8, that usually only draws a handful.

The plan, which has the backing of Senator Marty Golden and  Councilman Vincent Gentile, would turn Third Avenue into a pedestrian  mall between 82nd and 92nd Street.

Supporters of the proposal passionately addressed the crowd  gathered at the hearing, at least half of whom opposed closing Third Avenue.

“People are afraid of change. Move forward. Keep your cars at  home,”  yelled Susan Michalski at the plans detractors, according to “Shame on you  people!” Who’s on Third?