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April 13, 2007

Unbuilt arena already in the way

The Brooklyn Paper
By Dana Rubenstein

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The city hasn’t yet demapped the northern-most block of Fifth Avenue to make room for Bruce Ratner’s basketball arena, but the Department of Transportation is already acting as if the street no longer exists, announcing on Wednesday that it will reroute a Park Slope bus line next month.

“The developer has received permission from the Department of Transportation [to demap a block of Fifth Avenue] by June 1, so we have to make the detour of the B63 bus before then,” said Deirdre Parker, a spokeswoman for New York City Transit.

The detour of the line, which runs from the foot of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights along Fifth Avenue to Bay Ridge, will go into effect on May 27.

The bus will travel “to Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue via Flatbush Avenue, rather than Fifth Avenue,” according NYC Transit.

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Posted by lumi at April 13, 2007 9:47 AM