Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Enhancement Project! … or BSGSEP for short :)


New planters, benches, bicycle racks, and pavers; CHECK!

144 new street trees and an 8,000 sqft. plaza on the corner of Fulton and Marcy Avenue! CHECK PLUS!

Six years in the making, Bed-Stuy Gateway BID has finally broken ground on its streetscape improvements. Partnering with the NYC Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Comprehensive Neighborhood Economic Development, Bed-Stuy is going to really shine now. Big thanks for the $10 million of capital investments which came from:

  • The New York City Office of Management and Budget;
  • The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz; and
  • The Office of Councilman Albert Vann.

Streetscape Improvements started this week: photo taken on June 6, 2011

From the NYCEDC article: “The Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Enhancement Project supports the creation of an attractive, safe and pedestrian-friendly commercial district along the one-mile stretch along Fulton Street from Bedford Avenue to Troy Avenue” (our western portion to Classon received a similar revamping just a couple of years ago).

“The project aims to increase consumer traffic and support the attraction of new and diverse businesses to the neighborhood. The project also seeks to increase pedestrian, bicycle and transit use, and provide business owners with space to live, work, and shop” (NYCEDC).

New muni-meters will be replacing the old-school parking meters, heaps of new trash bins mid-block, and traffic-calming ‘bump-outs’ to help pedestrians cross the busy street will be added. The new street plaza on the corner of Marcy and Fulton (next to the Burger King), will also feature a beautiful tile mosaic designed by a Brooklyn artist and have a 2 ft. granite planter for sitting, trees, and flowerbeds. The BID was also able to insure that at least 30% of all of these improvements were contracted out to minority- and women-owned businesses.

The Gateway has been working on a multi-pronged approach to Bed-Stuy’s economic development, which centerpiece is the Fulton Street shopping corridor.

Other BID programs besides Physical Improvements: Sanitation, Public Safety, and Marketing

A Brooklyn-based firm, Atlantic Maintenance specializes in the cleaning and general maintenance of outdoor areas. The Gateway’s sanitation team swept their way into the heart of the District on October 1, 2009 and the results were immediate.  In the first month, they collected 14,000 bags of litter from the sidewalks, removed more than 30 instances of graffiti and painted all of the street fixtures. The team works seven days a week, regardless of the weather, to make sure the District remains spotless. Thanks to a partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Workforce Development Division, the entire team is from Bed-Stuy.

In November 2009, the Gateway hired Anthony Saunders as the District’s Public Safety and Environment and Control Officer (PSECO).  As a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department, Tony is valuable to the BID’s efforts to make this a crime-free District. In the first six months, the Gateway successfully removed conditions from the physical landscape that threatened the health, safety and general welfare of businesses, residents, and visitors.  The BID is currently partnering with local law enforcement, the Brooklyn District Attorney, the Mayor’s Office, community stakeholders, and national experts to finalize a public safety plan that focuses on a grassroots approach to community safety.

The BID’s Marketing Goals include:

  1. Retain, expand, and attract businesses and investments to Bedford Stuyvesant (BID boundaries).
  2. Draw prospective customers to the district by improving the attractiveness of the area and promoting it as a great place to live, shop, visit, and do business.
  3. Establish Fulton Street as a premier commercial destination within central Brooklyn.
  4. Reduce vacancies by marketing to potential tenants.
  5. Increase consumer foot traffic and sales for BID businesses via coordinated advertising campaigns, website, coupon books, newspaper articles and holiday lighting.
  6. Sponsor/co-sponsor street festivals and district specific activities/events that attract potential customers to the district.
 There has also been new major affordable housing and mixed-use development along the Gateway’s corridor which will help lead to a stronger community and shopping district.
If you are a resident or business owner along Fulton Street and you have any questions about the project, please contact:
Lisa Thompson
Deputy Director
tel: 718.636.6929
fax: 718.789.7770

Hey Bed-Stuy – what other improvements or projects

would you like to see the BID tackle?

check out the slideshow below for streetscape renderings and images of the ongoing construction:

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Categories: Bed Stuy, Fulton Street, New Development, Nostrand Ave, Public Safety

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12 Comments on “Bed-Stuy Gateway Streetscape Enhancement Project! … or BSGSEP for short :)”

  1. Chris M
    June 8, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    These improvements look promising. I live in the area and walk around that section of Fulton to go to and from the train, and bike and walk the area for shopping. I think the main drag is still traffic and cars. It was always hard to bike on Fulton due to parked and double parked cars. If one side of parking could be removed, the sidwalks extended and a bike lane added that would calm things down I think.

  2. June 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    On the completed sections of sidewalk, I notice there’s a strip of asphalt alongside the curb. Is this permanent or just temporary?

    I’m hoping it is temporary, since it looks very tacky (for the lack of a better word) at the moment.

  3. June 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Actually, the asphalt is just prep for brick pavers that will go along the street. Goodbye tacky, hello elegant architectural detailing!

  4. July 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    That’s a relief.

  5. EF
    July 10, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This is great news! I have long awaited thecontruction of this BID along Fulton, the current streetscape is so uninviting and hopefully this will help attract new small businesses and more attractive large scale chains.

    I also hope that there is a bike lane in the works and that this new police task force can help reduce double parking along Fulton! There is too much traffic here to allow that to happen NYPD needs to start ticketing people for this! Park your cars or walk like the rest of us.

    I additionally agree on a grassroots effort to help reduce crime in the area, maybe a new area business partnerships can focus on sponsoring and promoting youth centers that encourage gathering places to keep young minds engaged instead of free to wander and find mischief.

  6. herkimermiad
    July 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Brick pavers and a pedestrian plaza? Have I died and gone to heaven?! I live on Herkimer and the BID has already made such a huge difference.

  7. ladyface85
    July 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I live right on Fulton (between Nostrand and Marcy) and CAN NOT wait to see trees outside my window. The view (not to mention the noise, though I’m probably stuck with that) from my room has been one of the biggest deterrents to making it a long-term home, but maybe this will help.

  8. July 27, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I’d say it is VERY busy: there are 15,264 people that use the Nostrand subway stop daily and it is ranked 87th busiest in the city (out of 468). And there are 11,807 people using the B25 bus line, too.

  9. lido
    August 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    bike lane pretty please!

  10. loebotomy
    March 30, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    I’m so excited to see progress in my childhood neighborhood. Just wish the improvements included ALL of Bed Stuy.

  11. EF
    April 7, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    What’s going on with the new street trees or LACK THERE OF in the BID street scape redevelopment? All I see construction workers putting down between Marcy and Nostrand are Pavers? Did they forget the most vital part of the street scape THE TREES? I don’t understand, I have seen them plant one tree on this entire block, with no tree wells to support future plannings. If this is the case this is an EPIC FAIL for this project. The tree’s are the main element to an street scape for beautification, crime reduction, increased business, noise / pollutions reduction and happiness :). WHY WOULD YOU NOT ADD TREES TO THE STREET SCAPE? It’s the most important part!

  12. July 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    @EF: There seems to be lot more trees east of Brooklyn Avenue. They’re not done yet, they still have sections of sidewalk to redo, pavers to put in, bus shelters to install and the list goes on. Perhaps they’ll put in more trees.

    Personally, I think we need more benches and bike racks, especially near subway stops.

    Still, happy about the finished product, especially the new street furniture. I hear they’re discussing giving Fulton Street the same treatment over in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene. I say go for it.


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