Park Slope

Safer Ninth Street redesign in Park Slope nears completion

August 24, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Rendering courtesy of Mayor Bill de Blasio's office
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The redesign of the area in Park Slope where a driver hit and killed two children this past March is nearly done.

After the devastating crash, Park Slope parents and advocates rallied for a new, safer street design at the corner of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, where the driver had sped through a red light and hit five pedestrians, including 1-year-old Joshua Lew and 4-year-old Abigail Blumenstein.

Mayor de Blasio heard their concerns and followed through with action. Since March, the redesign at Ninth Street has been underway, with enhanced bike lanes, shortened pedestrian crossings, slow-turn treatments, reductions in double parking and narrowed traffic lanes to reduce speeding, according to Curbed. Now, the city reports that the project is almost finished.

The mayor toured the construction site on Thursday morning with local elected officials.

“We cannot undo that terrible afternoon five months ago,” he said, “But these safety improvements will help prevent future tragic crashes on this busy street.”


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