BQE Links

Useful links related to the BQE reconstruction:

February 20, 2019, DOT retracts their inaccurate characterization of the BHA’s Alternate plan, as reported by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

February 7
, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published this interview of Marc Wouters, “the Man Behind the Plan”

February 5,
New York Landmarks Conservancy and six other preservationist and civics groups, representing approximately 40,000 members and supporters sent this letter, to DOT.  New York Post and Curbed covered the story.

February 4, Brklyner covers the story, focusing on the flyover the DOT would be building over the Brooklyn Bridge, should they use the Promenade Highway solution, and highlighting the BHA’s alternative concept.

February 1, Brooklyn Paper and Brooklyn Heights Press publish articles on our alternative concept. Unfortunately a DOT spokesperson was quoted in the Brooklyn Heights Press describing our proposal inaccurately. Unlike the DOT’s Promenade Highway, we have NOT planned a structure that passed over the Brooklyn Bridge. At the intersection of the BQE and the Brooklyn Bridge, we proposed traditional lane by lane construction which would keep traffic where is is currently being routed.

January 30, the Gothamist posted an article which does a nice job describing the history of this section of the BQE. 

January 29, Crains publishes a piece focusing on the flyover shown in a rendering commissioned by A Better Way NYC This was also the focus of a January 28 piece in the NY Post 

January 28, Andrew Carr, an artist who founded an art school in Park Slope, published this video on You Tube to support our fight against the Promenade Highway. A second video he posted gives a history of this portion of the BQE 

January 24, article in the New York Times, highlighting the BHA’s alternate proposal. Curbed followed up with their story.

January 17, the Brooklyn Eagle reports on a heated coffee klatch at one of Jo Anne Simon’s “Java with Jo” meet ups.

January 16, CBS  segment on the BQE, featuring an interview with executive Director Peter Bray. 

January 12, the rally on the Promenade initiated by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office was covered by the Brooklyn Eagle and the New York Post.

January 8, journalist Mary Frost from the Brooklyn Eagle gave this interview on Chanel 13, during which she discussed the disastrous environmental impact the Promenade Highway would have on our community. We should note that although she described our bypass highway as being on Furman Street, our plan calls for it to be ABOVE Furman street at the same level as the current lanes of the BQE.

January 7, 2019, in view of the MTA’s announcement of a new approach to repairing the L Train tunnel, the BHA  sent a letter to DOT Commissioner Trottenberg asking for an independent blue ribbon panel of experts to re-thinking DOT’s approach to the BQE reconstruction project. 

December 21, 2018, key elected officials – Comptroller Scott Stringer, Representative Nydia Velazquez, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Assembly Member Jo Ann Simon and Council Member Stephen Levin sent a joint statement to DOT demanding that the Administration fully consider all plausible alternatives, including the concept for a Parallel Highway advanced by the BHA. 

December 17, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer sent a letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio concluded with a firm request that the Mayor “make every effort to devise a plan that reduces the impact on local residents, homes and properties, open spaces, and landmarks” and that the “planning … be carried out in conjunction with neighborhood representatives….” (See the Daily News coverage)

September 27, DOT presented its two approaches to the BQE reconstruction. The presentation includes narration and the complete videos of the proposed design options. You can also download their press packet. According to DOT, due to the high attendance at the public meeting and the agency’s priority to field questions from the public, abbreviated versions of the videos were shown at the meeting.

October 19, News 12 aired this story.