Finally! City to replace crumbling, dangerous pavement at Brooklyn Borough Hall
After years of complaints, broken bones and at least one lawsuit, the $11 million reconstruction of Borough Hall Plaza has begun.
The crumbling bluestone paving has been disintegrating for more than a decade, the victim of parked vehicles and winter salt. Several people have fallen on the pockmarked plaza, and in 2010 Joan Bassin, then 71, fractured her hip on the slate, according to published reports.
The contractor chosen by the New York City Parks Department, Restani Construction Corp., installed their field office last week and erected fencing in preparation for the job, which includes the removal of the existing bluestone and the installation of reinforced “Jet Mist” granite, which resembles bluestone. The stretch of Columbus Park known as Rose Walk will be resurfaced with colored concrete scored to match the adjoining areas.
Repairing the public plaza has long been a priority for Borough President Eric Adams, who promised to fix the dangerous paving even before he was elected as BP.