The DOT wants your input for the Meeker Avenue Makeover!

Meeker Avenue. Via the DOT's Meeker Avenue Re-Imagining Web Portal
Meeker Avenue. Via the DOT’s Meeker Avenue Re-Imagining Web Portal

Are you an armchair urban planner? Do you have ideas about how to make our community more livable? Have you ever crossed under the BQE and thought, “there’s more to life than this!!!!”? Well, it’s your chance to make your voice heard. The NYC Department of Transportation is soliciting input from the public about how to reimagine the stretch of Meeker Avenue that runs under the BQE from Metropolitan Avenue to Varick Avenue.

Today, Meeker Avenue is best known for its abandoned cars and under-utilized space, but City Council members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso, along with Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol and State Senator Martin Dilan hope to improve the roadway by “increas[ing] street safety, [improving] neighborhood bike connections, including access to the Kosciuszko Bridge path, and activat[ing] the space under the BQE.”

DOT street ambassadors for the project conducted community outreach over the summer at Jaime Campiz Playground, Marci Triangle, and at the intersection of Meeker and Graham Avenues. The results of their pedestrian survey found residents are most interested in public spaces or plazas under the BQE, followed closely by greening, lighting, bicycle facilities and art, with a smaller percentage of people hoping for recreation and concessions under the BQE.

During the “Meeker Avenue Visioning” community workshop held September 14th at the Swinging Sixties Senior Center (211 Ainslie St), participants discussed pedestrian safety, traffic improvements, bike connections, public spaces, streetscape enhancements, and maintenance and programming partners. To successfully implement these improvements, the DOT is looking to similar projects that have already been realized throughout the city, such as the East River Esplanade and 125th Street Plaza in Manhattan,  Bliss Plaza and Myrtle Wyckoff Plaza in Queens, Freeman Street Station in the Bronx, and New Lots Plaza in Brooklyn. The DOT also proudly points to The Silent Lights Project temporarily installed under the BQE at Navy Street and Park Avenue in Brooklyn.

You can find the DOT’s full presentation on the project here, and if you’d like to add your ideas to the mix, you can fill out the DOT’s survey here.

About Lucie Levine

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company that aims to take New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She’s a Native New Yorker, licensed New York City tour guide, and freelance writer with a passion for the city’s social, political and cultural history.

3 Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    Hello,

    I live on meeker and frost street and it’s hard enough to find parking on the same block I live in. So Lucky to have BQE parking space. I work long hours at a hospital and traveling back home with a big traffic is a drag.

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    • Jen says:

      Agreed. A very small portion of these cars are “abandoned” and anyone who lives in the area knows that because they are constantly being moved for alternate side parking to make room for street cleaning trucks that never show up. The space is filthy and filled with homeless people because the city neglected it for all these years and has ignored residents complaints. Better lighting and an increased police and DSNY presence can fix this problem. No need to take this tiny parking oasis away from those who need it.

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      • avi hub says:

        I also own a car an live on withers st. However, I would rather have a much friendlier meeker av. With plazas, art, and recreational activities than a dirty parking lot. Hope the neighborhood gets a nice face lift with the revamp.

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