Pedestrian Island Being Created on Pearl Street, DUMBO

Pearl Street at York Street, proposed conditions. Via DOT.

Thanks to Landmarks Preservation Commission approval, a small piece of Brooklyn street front is being reconfigured and repaved in a move the New York City Department of Transportation says will make things both safer and more accessible.

Pearl Street at York Street, existing conditions.

Pearl Street at York Street, existing conditions. Via DOT.

The real estate is where Pearl Street meets York Street. The LPC had to approve the project because it sits in the DUMBO Historic District, and you really can’t get much more DUMBO than that spot. It is right under the Manhattan Bridge.

The triangle itself will be turned into a thermal finish laser-cut cobble sidewalk, displacing some of the curbside parking, and reducing the width of the roadway. The DOT says that will make things safer for pedestrians.

There will also be five new granite paver crossings. Those are rows of granite in between pavers. Three of those crossings will be at that intersection. One will be at the intersection with Jay Street. Another will be at the intersection with Adams Street. The new triangle and crossings should both provide greater ADA accessibility.

The entire stretch of York Street between Adams and Jay streets will also see repaired cobble with a bicycle lane treatment.

The project will require the removal of some existing cobblestone. The stone that is removed will be stored so it can be reused elsewhere in DUMBO. The DOT says all treatments will be consistent with those at the Pearl Street pedestrian plaza.

See full presentation slides here:

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3 Comments on "Pedestrian Island Being Created on Pearl Street, DUMBO"

  1. Yes, it should be repair right now before an accident will occur between cars and walker.

  2. Someone explain to me why they can’t restore the cobbles in the triangle area using the cobbles removed for the new pedestrian area?

  3. Does NYC-DOT allow the roadway-markings to deteriorate so that everyone begs for remediation?

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