Posts Tagged ‘Forest City Ratner’


80 DeKalb: Call 311…

October 2, 2007

Morning Traffic on Forest City Ratner’s sidewalkI guess that when you’re building a 405 foot tall building on a teeny weeny little lot, you don’t leave yourself much room to park delivery trucks, let pedestrians use the sidewalk, etc.

I’ve included a photo of Brooklyn Tech students having to walk into oncoming traffic in order to get around a delivery truck and a better photo of morning foot traffic in the “sidewalk” that Forest City Ratner has built for our use.

I’ve already called 311 to complain and I urge all of you to as well. It only takes a few minutes and maybe, if the city responds to the complaints, could mean keeping an accident from happening there.


 Update: Here’s an article on the building in the Brooklyn Eagle…

Walking around a truck


Update on Greed

September 26, 2007

Turns out that after a tip from a helpful commenter, that the building with the sidewalk problem is 80 DeKalb and it’s brought to us by our friends at Forest City Ratner (I will refrain from rat puns), whose regard for the public is well known.

 Here are some links to tell you more about this really necessary addition to our neighborhood:

Admittedly, the building it–partially–replaces, was no prize, but at least that building could be completely ignored without much psychological strain.  


Round 1: Greed vs. Safety. Winner: Greed!

September 25, 2007

Every day thousands of school kids pour out of the DeKalb Avenue Subway station towards Brooklyn Tech. And thousands of Ft. Greene commuters head in the opposite direction (shall I compare us to salmon?), through the school children towards the DeKalb Ave. subway station.

To complicate things (did I already mention salmon?), the public spirited developers (updated: the developer is Forest City Ratner no less) of the Rockwell Place 80 DeKalb Ave. apartment building (which I’m sure will be a “lovely” 405 feet addition to the Brooklyn skyline) have fenced off the sidewalk and created their own artificial one in the parking lane of Dekalb Ave. This narrow space is, of course, too small for the numbers trying to get through it leaving many to walk in the bike lane (which cars already ignore) or the middle of the street.

Rockwell Place Sidewalk Travesty