Borough President’s 4th Ave. Task Force Hosts Town Hall
By Paula Katinas
Bay Ridge — Residents in this part of Brooklyn will get their chance to speak out about Borough President Marty Markowitz’s ambitious plan to overhaul Fourth Avenue when the panel overseeing the project holds a town hall meeting.
The Fourth Avenue Task Force will host the town hall on Wednesday, April 18, at Our Lady of Angels Church Hall, 7320 Fourth Ave., at 7 p.m.
Led by Carlo Scissura, senior advisor to Markowitz, the task force has been asked by the borough president to develop a comprehensive plan to revitalize the entire length of Fourth Avenue from downtown Brooklyn to Bay Ridge to turn the avenue into a grand boulevard of the borough with pedestrian plazas, trees, and other amenities.
Fourth Avenue cuts through nearly the entire length of Brooklyn. The neighborhoods it runs through include Sunset Park and Park Slope.
Scissura and the task force are seeking feedback from residents, business owners, and community boards along the Fourth Avenue corridor.
The flier being distributed for the town hall states that the idea of the project is to improve the length of Fourth Avenue “from Atlantic Avenue to the Atlantic Ocean.”
Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, said she will post information on the upcoming town hall on the board’s website at www.bkcb10.org.
Beckmann spoke about the upcoming town hall during her monthly district manager’s report, delivered at Board 10’s meeting on March 19.
Other highlights of Beckmann’s report:
• The city will begin repaving several streets in April, including 96th Street from Shore Road to Fourth Avenue; 91st Street from Shore Road to Fifth Avenue; 80th Street from Seventh Avenue to 13th Avenue; 66th Street from Fourth Avenue to Fort Hamilton Parkway; and 11th Avenue from Bay Ridge Parkway to 86th Street.
• A recent meeting of the Brooklyn Borough Service Cabinet (a group composed of community board leaders from all over Brooklyn and city officials) included information on a new anti-litter program sponsored by the city’s Parks Department.
“The ‘Clean and Green Brooklyn Parks Anti-Litter Program’ has community volunteers agree to take charge of a local park or playground and do regular cleaning for a few hours on the same day each week,” Beckmann said.
The Parks Department is seeking volunteers. For more information, call Beckmann at (718) 745-6827.
• A representative of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Television Production attended the Borough Service Cabinet meeting and said the city has changed the rules regarding permits for film crews to film on city streets. There will be a centralized notification system to inform community boards when film crews will be working in their areas, the representative told community board leaders.
• Spartan Restaurant will host a Greek Easter Festival on Sunday. April 15, along Eighth Avenue, from 68th Street to Bay Ridge Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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