After repeated complaints and concerns, residents around the Broadway-Myrtle intersection in Bushwick have banded together to highlight changes underway to improve the area.
Last week, Council member Antonio Reynoso held a press conference to recognize the efforts of the NYPD, city agencies and community organizations.
“While private investment has been made in the more desirable properties in the neighborhood, Broadway has remained in disarray for too long” said Reynoso. “I am thrilled and thankful for the City agencies and community groups’ efforts to make Myrtle-Broadway a drug free, cleaner, safer and more vibrant commercial strip.”
The most common complaints from the area included an uptick in the sale of synthetic marijuana (K-2), poor lighting, badly maintained sidewalks, accumulation of trash, and traffic safety.
However instead of just relying on law enforcement, a host of organizations stepped up to enforce change together.
“It’s really nice to see the City come together and work on a corner that looked like it was stuck in the late 80s with trash and drug abuse all over the place,” said Edwin Delgado, a life-long resident on the block.
Agencies and organizations involved in improving the area:
– The City’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has installed 10 LED lights for brighter and safer sidewalks, and added street markings five crosswalks connecting Bushwick with Bedford-Stuyvesant.
– The MTA painted six columns supporting the above-ground JMZ trains at this intersection to improve safety for commuters.
– The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is organizing longtime local independent businesses in this area.
– The City’s Department of Sanitation has replaced corner trash baskets and removed piled up furniture trash.
– START recovery and treatment center installed lighting and painted the exterior walls of its facility.
– The Association for Community Employment (ACE) is providing street cleaning and trash pickup services.
– Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation is removing graffiti on properties along Jefferson Street.
“Community Board 4 is always happy to see elected officials, City agencies, and the community come together to repair problems in the community,” said Nadine Whitted, District Manager of Brooklyn Community Board 4.