Fulton Street is a-buzz with major public space improvements being constructed at several locations simultaneously. Below is a round-up of projects in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Fulton & Lafayette
The reconstruction of the plaza at Fowler Square started with major infrastructure work to replace aging (ancient) water mains and other underground utilities. Work on the plaza itself begins in the Fall of 2017 with completion now projected for Spring, 2018. When completed, the plaza will have more trees, enhanced lighting, permanent seating, water fountain an the statue of the plaza's namesake, General Fowler, will be in a more prominent location in the center of the plaza. (Rendering: NYC/DOT and Quennell Rothschild & Partners/ URS)
Fulton & Lafayette
Despite the commonly-used name, this space is actually owned by the City of New York. Closed for years due to safety issues (collapsing into the ground below!), the fenced-in space is slated to be rebuilt and opened up as a new NYC Park, to be managed and maintained by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership is managing the project with legacy funding for construction from the "BAM LDC." Construction is anticipated for 2018/19. (IMAGES: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Quenell Rothschild & Partners/ WXY)
Fulton & Greene Avenue
The triangles created where Fulton, Greene, Hanson Place and South Oxford space intersect has long been known as "7-Corners." Those corners are getting an upgrade with additional seating, trees, bike parking and landscaping. Still to be completed in Fall, 2017: iron work around the new planted areas, planting of new trees, landscaping, installation of bike racks and 'wayfinding' directional maps.
Fulton & Vanderbilt
This intersection of Fulton, Vanderbilt and Gates Avenue is getting substantial improvements for pedestrian safety, as well as creating a new public space with benches, new trees, additional lighting and greenspace. The new street design impacts how traffic from Gates Avenue "merges" onto Fulton Street by slowing down cars as they make the turn, and reducing the crossing distance for pedestrians.
Fulton & Grand
Reconstruction of the plaza at the Putnam Triangle is fully-funded and anticipated to start in Spring of 2018. Plans include more shade trees, permanant seating, enhanced lighting, more bike parking and other public safety improvements. The City reports there will be no distruption to bus service at this busy intersection. (Rendering: NYC/DOT and Thomas Balsley Associates)