NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A safety redesign has added the equivalent of 1.5 acres of new pedestrian space to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb On The Story

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said before the new crosswalks and traffic signal were installed “it was like dodge city. It was like the wild west.”

She says it was a mess.

“People didn’t know where to go,” Sadik-Khan said. “It was almost like a game of Frogger where they would finally jump across the street.”

Now, there’s new traffic signal on the west side of the plaza, a concrete divider and five new pedestrian crosswalks.

Sadik-Khan said the changes will “make it much easier to cross the street and much shorter crossing distances.”

Neighborhood residents are talking about holding green markets and concerts in the new and improved plaza.

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Comments (3)
  1. Brooklyn Ain't Brooklyn says:

    It amazes me how much Brooklyn has been improved since it’s been “yuppified.”

  2. Evelyn Tully Costa says:

    We’re heading in the right direction, but it would be VERY nice for the thousands of bikers who use the Plaza Street bike lane as a TWO-WAY affair to make it official, and SAFER!

  3. val says:

    I drive through there every day on my way home from work, and I have to say it is much better for drivers as well. Before, getting from Eastern Parkway and then merging right to get to Union St was close to impossible. There were always jams. I’m shocked there weren’t more accidents. The new design is much better and keeps traffic in their respective lanes and gives each one their own light. The only problem is, if you accidentally end up going onto Flatbush ave you are screwed if you need to make a left turn. There are NONE anymore!

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