Saturday, June 9, 2012
Pedestrian plaza proposed for Newtown Ave
From DNA Info:
The busy intersection of Newtown Avenue and 33rd Street, next to the popular Athens Café, has been a hazard for pedestrians for years, residents say.
They, along with local businesses owners, will have a chance to discuss their ideas and concerns for how to fix it at a public workshop Tuesday. Representatives from Department of Transportation, the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition and Community Board 1 will be present at the meeting.
At this point, there are no formal proposals, according to the DOT, but one option being considered is a partial closure of Newtown Avenue at 33rd Street to create a pedestrian plaza.
But that plan has some local merchants worried that the potential closure of Newtown Avenue would hurt their businesses and fail to improve traffic conditions, according to City Councilman Peter F. Vallone Jr.’s office.
Some also point out that a pedestrian plaza would lead to the loss of parking spaces.