Plaza Brought Down By Local Residents

By MONICA MORALESpix11.com8:17 p.m. EDT, August 23, 2011

The people of Borough Park have spoken — they fought the City and won.  Four pedestrian plazas were taken out of Fort HamiltonParkway today.

It turns out, instead of improving pedestrian access, some people say they have caused traffic nightmares and a blockade for ambulance traffic to a nearby hospital.

“This is a story that should make every New Yorker smile because the people won,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind.  “Clearly a mistake was made. And to admit it took a lot of guts and I applaud her for it,’ said Assemblyman Hikind, who was referring to D.O.T. Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan who ordered the pedestrian plazas to be installed in the first place.

“This was a big waste and the money could have been used for other things. I’m angry,” said local business owner Michelle Cigiampitro.

The Department of Transportation, tells PIX11 News, “This shows how working with a community can make a project better and our streets even safer for everyone who uses them.”

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