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April 20, 2007

Will DOT come clean on the closure and "demapping" of Fifth Avenue?

Atlantic Yards Report

Is the Department of Transportation acknowledging that it is stonewalling Norman Oder?

In my article in this week's Brooklyn Downtown Star, Closing Fifth Avenue for Atlantic Yards, But Why So Soon?, I expand on my previous coverage of the plan to close Fifth Avenue between Flatbush and Atlantic avenues to accommodate Frank Gehry's flagship Miss Brooklyn skyscraper.

I contacted the Department of Transportation (DOT) four times to ask about the timing of the closure--why so soon, by May 27?--given that the construction schedule will inevitably be delayed by litigation. I also asked whether the street could actually be demapped by then.

I got an acknowledgement of my query but no answers.
Though a New York City Transit (NYCT) official cited "the closure and demapping of Fifth Avenue," the street can't be demapped until it's been acquired by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC).


Posted by lumi at April 20, 2007 9:44 AM