PLACES

East New York Neighborhood Plan

lantic Avenue and Warwick Rendering

The Department of City Planning and other City agencies worked with community residents, elected officials and stakeholders to identify needs and opportunities for improvements to support the long-term growth and sustainability of the neighborhood. The City’s investments in infrastructure and services were aligned to address the goals and objectives identified in this planning process. Partnering with DCP on this Plan are the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Department of Small Business Services (SBS), NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the School Construction Authority (SCA).

The East New York Community Plan study area includes portions of the neighborhoods of East New York, Cypress Hills and Ocean Hill. This area contains three major east-west corridors of Atlantic Avenue, Fulton Street, and Pitkin Avenue:

  • Atlantic Avenue is the widest corridor running through the study area and is one of the main thoroughfares in Brooklyn. The corridor is home to a mix of auto-oriented commercial and semi-industrial uses such as such as gas stations, car washes, auto repair shops, storage facilities, and fast food restaurants. There are very few residential uses along the corridor.
  • Fulton Street is an active local shopping corridor lined with two- to four-story buildings with small stores on the ground floors and housing above; the J/Z line runs above grade along much of the corridor.
  • Pitkin Avenue is a wide street and transit corridor generally characterized by two- to four- story residential buildings with some ground floors occupied by stores and others converted to residential use. The A/C line runs below grade along Pitkin Avenue.

The side streets between these corridors are generally comprised of low-scale row-houses, semi-detached homes and small apartment buildings interspersed with semi-industrial and open industrial uses.

Atlantic Avenue is dominated by low-density auto-related uses such as gas stations.
Low-density commercial and residential uses are found on Pitkin Avenue, where the A/C line runs below ground.
Low-density commercial and residential uses are found on Pitkin Avenue, where the A/C line runs below ground.
Fulton Street is a local retail corridor with the elevated J/Z train running above ground.
Fulton Street is a local retail corridor with the elevated J/Z train running above ground.
Residential blocks are characterized by two-three story rowhouses.
Residential blocks are characterized by two-three story rowhouses.

Past Events

Visioning Events

At visioning events, the Department of City Planning and other agencies met with a large number of residents to learn as much as possible about the community, including the existing challenges, needs and opportunities.

2014

  • Kick-off Workshop – September 20 [PDF Document presentation]
  • Streetscapes & Transportation and Community Resources – October 2 [PDF Document agenda]
  • Economic Development – October 16 [PDF Document agenda]
  • Housing – October 29 [PDF Document agenda]
  • Community Planning Workshop – November 15 [presentation]
  • Ocean Hill Planning Workshop – December 9 [PDF Document agenda]

Report-Back Events

At report-back events, City Planning shared information received at the visioning events with the community to get feedback and help to prioritize needs and opportunities.

2014

  • Economic Development, Community Resources, and Transportation – November 20 [PDF Document agenda]
  • Housing – December 18 [PDF Document agenda]

Community Plan Events

2015

The Sustainable Communities East New York study, completed in 2014, examined neighborhood assets and opportunities and made recommendations that provided a foundation for the East New York Community Plan.