Category Archives: Greening

2014 was a game changer for pedestrians

Vision Zero:
Mayor Di Blasio made good on his campaign promise to get serious on traffic injuries and fatalities. This year 22 bills were passed in the council to improve information, increase enforcement and increase penalties for careless drivers who do not respect the laws. The DOT embarked in a city-wide consultation with the communities to [...]

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Pedestrian Delight: 41st Street Protected Crossing

After six years of asking and two neighbors killed, it is finally SAFE for pedestrians to cross 41st Street on the West side of 9th Avenue! As you can see below, pedestrians are actually talking and smiling while crossing the street, a real testament to the immense relief the improvements the DOT installed are bringing [...]

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Pedestrian Delight: Canoe is near completion with traffic light to safely cross Ramp C

A plaza the community dreamed up in 2007 as part of the 9th Avenue Renaissance report is becoming reality as the first meaningful public space in Hell’s Kitchen South, on 9th Avenue at 36th Street. The plaza which reclaimed one full lane of parking, is connected to the north by a signaled pedestrian crossing where [...]

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Superbowl’s Green Dividend

Yes the Superbowl was awful. Per Crain’s poll: 58% of respondents said: “Awful game, uninspired advertisements. Move along. Nothing to see here”. Let’s not forget that for a few days it completely gridlocked 9th Avenue and we had to endure hours of Homeland Security helicopters hovering over our windows. New Yorkers were miserable as the real [...]

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2013: A Year to Remember – Best Wishes for 2014

Port Authority in festive mood
2013 saw the economy rebound and hopefully the circumstances of  many of our neighbors improved with it. At least when it comes to street improvements, they apply to ALL street users, no matter who they are, and we counted many successes this year:
On the ground:  cross town bike paths,  44th Street [...]

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New Plaza dubbed “The Canoe”, is taking shape in Hell’s Kitchen

As long as we can remember, NYPD and other vehicles perpendicularly parked on a block length of 36th Street’s north sidewalk, between 9th and Dyer Avenues forcing all pedestrians to walk on the roadway. This is the path to the Javits convention center and at times the pedestrian volume is quite intense.

In 2009 as part of the Western [...]

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Fall Event : Bike lane greening

On Sunday October 6th, with the help of the Partnership for Parks, and the millions tree program,  CHEKPEDS joined  HKNA to green the median islands on 9th Avenue between 35th and 45th Streets. Tree pits were planted with daffodils and Sedum plants (graciously donated by the Glenwood organization) and covered with mulch provided by the [...]

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Join us Sunday! Plant Daffodils, Get Mulch, Get Advice, Claim a plot…

[ October 6, 2013; 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Please RSVP at excom@chekpeds.com
Download the flyer to share with your neighbors (NO posting on public property)

Please RSVP at excom@chekpeds.com

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Dyer Triangle : an Active Plaza

In April 2013, Hell’ s Kitchen got a new plaza, at 36th street and Dyer Avenue. It is always nice to see neighbors actively enjoying the space- Click here for the video

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A new traffic calming technique: Flower Power

Now, that  the Parks Departement has planted nearly all the trees (15 more will be planted in the fall) on the bike lane median, we will be working towards filling the tree beds with plants to prevent trucks and  buses to knock off the trees.
First step is to learn from the experts, the Chelsea Garden Club , [...]

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