Park Slope News: Come out for Traffic & Go to a House Tour

From Eric McClure, Park Slope Neighbors, eric@parkslopeneighbors.org

Please Attend Thursday’s CB6 Meeting and Voice Support for 9th Street Traffic Calming

This Thursday, Community Board 6’s Transportation Committee will meet to continue its discussion of the Department of Transportation’s well conceived plan for calming traffic on 9th Street from 3rd Avenue to Prospect Park West. We urge you to stop by the meeting and voice your support for this long-overdue safety plan. It’s critical for supporters of the plan to turn out in force to clearly demonstrate that Park Slope residents want a safer 9th Street.

Here are the meeting details:

Community Board 6 Transportation Committee
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 pm
Old First Church
729 Carroll Street
(corner of 7th Avenue)

DOT staff will be on hand to answer specific questions about the plan, which includes reducing 9th Street from four travel lanes to two, adding a median with turning lanes, and adding buffered bike lanes — all smart improvements that will slow speeding drivers and increase safety for walkers, bikers and motorists.

9th Street has some of the highest rates of pedestrian injuries in all of Park Slope. From 2004 to 2006, 58 pedestrians and cyclists were injured or killed on 9th Street. In the summer of 2005, after a car crashed into the front door of Dizzy’s Diner on 8th Avenue and 9th Street, 1,200 neighborhood residents signed a petition asking DOT to do something about this problem. DOT did.

You can see details of the 9th Street safety plan here:
http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/04/10/updated-version-of-dots-9th-street-plan/

Please come out Thursday to let CB6 and DOT know that you support the plan. It’s especially important if you’re a resident of 9th Street. Thanks in advance for making the effort.

Sunday: Park Slope Civic Council House Tour, Noon – 5 p.m.

This Sunday, the Park Slope Civic Council is putting on its annual House Tour, which offers an opportunity to stroll the neighborhood’s tree-lined streets, enjoying historic architecture and visiting the interiors of beautiful homes dating from the 19th century, restored for contemporary living. This year’s self-guided tour features homes and sites from President Street to Fourth Street.

The House Tour is the Civic Council’s major annual fundraising event, and the money raised is returned to the community through grants to local schools, charities, cultural institutions and other organizations, and as scholarships to college-bound students who volunteer in the community and maintain good grades. By participating in the House Tour, you help fund the grants and scholarship programs. This year, the Park Slope Civic Council awarded more than $10,000 in grants to a total of 19 local organizations.

Date/Time: Sunday, May 20, 2007; 12 noon – 5:00 p.m.

Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 day of Tour

Advance tickets may be purchased through May 19 at:

Aguayo &Huebener, 7th Ave. between Garfield and Carroll Streets
Astoria Federal Savings, 7th Ave. and President Street
Brown Harris Stevens, 7th Ave. and Union Street
Dixon’s Bicycle Shop, Union Street between 6th and 7th Aves.
Dizzy’s Diner, 8th Ave. and 9th Street
Trio Café, Prospect Park West near 16th Street
Warren Lewis Realty, 7th Ave. near Carroll Street
Zelda Victoria, 5th Ave. near 3rd Street

and on Saturday, May 19 from 9 am to noon at:

Grand Army Plaza Farmer’s Market

Bonus: A recital by Dr. Michael Kaminski on St. Francis Xavier’s original Austin organ is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit http://parkslopeciviccouncil.org/htour07.htm

Posted Under: Brooklyn, Community Boards, Event, Park Slope, Transportation, Walking Tour

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