McGuinness Boulevard, the major thoroughfare that cuts through Greenpoint, is set to look very different in the coming years.

At a recent community board meeting, representatives from the City’s Department of Transportation presented their plans to redesign the street. After considering several options, which the agency previously shared with the board last summer, the DOT ultimately decided to install protected bike lanes and remove a lane of traffic in either direction.

McGuinness Boulevard before and after the redesign. Image via DOT.

The new design also adds a middle section to be used as both a pedestrian median and a lane of parking. The project will remove on average two parking spaces per block, “to improve visibility and maintain clearance for turning vehicles,” the presentation said.

Local activists have been pushing for safety improvements to McGuinness Boulevard after the tragic hit-and-run killing of local teacher Matthew Jensen in 2021, unfortunately, one of several similar incidents. 

“The current four-lane boulevard has long been a deadly corridor cutting through the Brooklyn nabe,” Streetsblog reports. “Three people died due to traffic violence there over the last decade and a whopping 389 people suffered injuries in 1,690 total reported crashes — nearly one every other day on just a short stretch of one roadway.”


The DOT commenced with smaller safety improvements to the street last year, banning left-hand turns into several side streets and installing painted median-tip extensions. They will finalize the design based on community feedback before work starts later this year. 

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  1. ok so we’re all just expecting cyclist to follow traffic lights on mcguinness blvd? might as well close the whole blvd down.

    1. “might as well close the whole blvd down.”

      That’s a great idea! Entitled car owners have had it too good for too long. It’s time to grow up.

  2. The other commenters must not enjoy walking, biking, safety and clean air – this is a tremendous development for East Greenpoint which has been treated as an afterthought historically.

  3. This is a joke. All it will do is add traffic jams which in return will cause heavy pollution. Doing all this for bicycles which they don’t follow traffic laws. Maybe the nit wits put there cell phones down while crossing. They need to also fine the ones that don’t follow laws. All this for a few cry babies.

  4. Yes, crossing McGuiness CAN be often dangerous with reckles drivers.. But bikers who don’t obey the rules (that are unenforced anyway) are ALSO a danger to pedestrians. And Isn’t there a bike route on the adjoining side streets already? How will major establishments like Key Food receive their deliveries, with the bays loading located on McGuiness Blvd. How will cars enter the gas stations along the route? McGuinesss has heavy traffic – it is a major oute. One lane in each direction simply cannot handle that . There has to be a better way.

  5. This is fantastic news. Lives will be saved, air will be cleaner, and New Yorkers will have more room to walk and bike. Thank you to our elected officials! Hopefully this is just a start, as all major city arterials should be redesigned to prioritize people over trucks.

  6. Horrendous idea

    This will clog up newel and Leonard

    Which already receive heavy traffic from ongoing construction closing down one lane of traffic

    How about the merge into one lane from lic in greenpoint

    It’s going to cause back ups all the way back to LiC and into Buschwick

  7. This plan completely ruins what is left of Greenpoint. Bike riders here are reckless, often violent, run red lights and stop signs, run people off the sidewalks, and are foul-mouthed. Not everyone can ride a bike or take dangerous, slow, and overcrowded public transportation. What about the disabled, young, elderly, those transporting cargo, and pet owners who have to get their animals to veterinarians? And how can business deliveries be made or vehicles get on and off the BQE? This entire area will be completely paralyzed. What’s already happening now will be made even worse by an insane amount of traffic being forced onto residential streets. And it’s not the driver’s fault – goods and services have to be transported by vehicles. This plan makes what used to be a quiet family neighborhood unlivable. The DOT is totally ruining life here for everyday New Yorkers. Shame on our city and state leaders who are abandoning long term residents who are the life blood of New York City.

  8. Man. I’m a cyclist, and I gotta say, I find this plan really dumb. I aways thought it made sense to have one big road for cars and trucks to get through from the BQE to the Pulaski Bridge, so that the other side streets were more chill. Seems kinda dumb to try to make every single road mixed-use like this. Plus I hate to side with car drivers, but this

  9. Terrible plan! Does the DOT realize the mistakes they are making. Just look at the protected bike lane on Grand St. It is the most dangerous and scary route for bicycles. I am some one who rides a bicycle and drives a 40ft truck in the neighborhood for the past 15 years. I see both sides and this solution is a failure!

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