Prospect Heights

Future Streets

New York City introduced the Open Streets program in the summer of 2020 as an emergency response to create more space for social distancing and to help restaurants survive through the pandemic. This created a unique opportunity to reclaim public space from traffic and reimagine our streets. The reaction and the success grew in participants’ imaginations to offer an idea of what city streets could be: a place to enjoy an evening stroll or a fun day out with family; a shared “living room” for neighbors to meet up or just run into each other; and a way to build community in and across neighborhoods. Owing to its success and popularity, in 2021, the City Council voted to make the Open Streets program permanent.

In addition to providing new space for people to enjoy, the Open Streets program also makes our streets safer. A truly permanent reimagining of our public space could be transformative for Prospect Heights. That’s why the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council has been working with the New York City Department of Transportation to engage the Prospect Heights community, and together develop a vision for the future of our streets. On this page you will find a recap of what we have done thus far, and updates on next steps in this process.

[Press Release] Adams names vague influence of “those outside the community” as reason why street safety projects are being halted

Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Adams addressed a question regarding the status of the stalled Underhill Avenue Bike Boulevard at his in-person media availability. His response, which negated rumors that he secretly met with opponents of the project, had extremely misleading implications tied to it, including that “those outside the community” might be “dictating what is going to happen on a local level.”

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[Press Release] Street safety advocates FOIL City Hall, citing lack of transparency around streets projects

Fighting continued interference from City Hall in public space revisioning and street safety projects in Prospect Heights, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council has submitted a FOIL request to City Hall to obtain the results of the most recent Underhill Avenue redesign survey. City Hall has yet to release any survey outcomes following a written request from PHNDC earlier this month.

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[Press Release] PHNDC demands City Hall release results of Adams’ “door-to-door” Underhill Avenue survey

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is asking Mayor Adams to release the results of the most recent Underhill Avenue redesign survey. Mayor Adams insisted on conducting this survey in November — using City Hall’s Community Affairs Unit to go door-to-door in Prospect Heights — after ordering work be stopped on the nearly complete project and despite years of previous outreach showing support for redesign. The group wrote in their request that they feel transparency is necessary after countless street safety projects were derailed in 2023 or changed based on the whims of City Hall staffers overruling his own Department of Transportation.

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Open Streets Celebration and Rally at City Hall Park

Open Streets advocates from across the city rallied at City Hall Park this week to celebrate the success of 2023’s Open Streets and call on Mayor Adams to fully fund Open Streets in 2024. Highlights from the 2023 season include the completion of the permanent Berry Street bike boulevard in Brooklyn and 103rd Street in Manhattan, car-free Summer Streets in all five boroughs, the return of the Fifth Avenue holiday Open Street, and the creation of a permanent outdoor dining program.

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[Press Release] Adams names vague influence of “those outside the community” as reason why street safety projects are being halted

Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Adams addressed a question regarding the status of the stalled Underhill Avenue Bike Boulevard at his in-person media availability. His response, which negated rumors that he secretly met with opponents of the project, had extremely misleading implications tied to it, including that “those outside the community” might be “dictating what is going to happen on a local level.”

Read More »

[Press Release] Street safety advocates FOIL City Hall, citing lack of transparency around streets projects

Fighting continued interference from City Hall in public space revisioning and street safety projects in Prospect Heights, the Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council has submitted a FOIL request to City Hall to obtain the results of the most recent Underhill Avenue redesign survey. City Hall has yet to release any survey outcomes following a written request from PHNDC earlier this month.

Read More »

[Press Release] PHNDC demands City Hall release results of Adams’ “door-to-door” Underhill Avenue survey

Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council is asking Mayor Adams to release the results of the most recent Underhill Avenue redesign survey. Mayor Adams insisted on conducting this survey in November — using City Hall’s Community Affairs Unit to go door-to-door in Prospect Heights — after ordering work be stopped on the nearly complete project and despite years of previous outreach showing support for redesign. The group wrote in their request that they feel transparency is necessary after countless street safety projects were derailed in 2023 or changed based on the whims of City Hall staffers overruling his own Department of Transportation.

Read More »

Open Streets Celebration and Rally at City Hall Park

Open Streets advocates from across the city rallied at City Hall Park this week to celebrate the success of 2023’s Open Streets and call on Mayor Adams to fully fund Open Streets in 2024. Highlights from the 2023 season include the completion of the permanent Berry Street bike boulevard in Brooklyn and 103rd Street in Manhattan, car-free Summer Streets in all five boroughs, the return of the Fifth Avenue holiday Open Street, and the creation of a permanent outdoor dining program.

Read More »

Events

There are currently no events.
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