The Brooklyn Heights Association working with A Better Way, the Cobble Hill Association, the DUMBO Action Committee and eight other neighborhood organizations has drafted a unified vision statement and sent it to the Mayor’s BQE Panel as well as to elected officials.

Key elements of the statement:

“The end result of the BQE reconstruction process must be a transformative, sustainable solution that will permanently change the relationship of the expressway to our adjacent neighborhoods. That solution must protect our neighborhoods and parks, emphasize our neighborhoods’ historic character, and enhance pedestrian connectivity and green space.

  • A forward-looking design that incorporates future traffic requirements and alternative routing options, including newly imagined connections between the bridges and the BQE, along with enhanced public transportation;
  • Unified and integrated adjacent neighborhoods and parks, including enhanced pedestrian access, and the improvement and creation of open space for public use throughout the corridor;
  • Maintenance of the historic character of the Promenade, while building direct pedestrian pathways to Brooklyn Bridge Park to improve park access and ease pedestrian flows on residential streets;
  • Significant reduction in air pollution levels from vehicle emissions in all adjoining neighborhoods.”

Read the full statement here.