Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Ave

Atlantic Avenue is one of New York’s most eclectic streets. Lined with every use imaginable, from jail to hospital, mosque, YWCA, shops restaurants and bars, Atlantic is also one of Brooklyn’s busiest thoroughfares. It is a primary feeder to and from the Brooklyn Bridge and one of the longest continuous streets anywhere. This project used community engagement and technical analysis to create a new vision for land use, parking, signs, and traffic flows along the street.

This was once the most important commercial addresses in Brooklyn but it had become undervalued and mixed because of heavy through traffic, especially trucks. Parking and access were limited, signs were unlimited and many shops had become bail bondsmen, antique furniture storage and car services. The street was no longer a pedestrian destination.

Civitas led a year of public, stakeholder and agency meetings to create a plan that realigned community and city interests, increased parking, reduced signs, created streetscape and shop-front guidelines, and led to some rezoning.

The plan has taken off, with many new local shops and restaurants and a rapidly growing community walking and shopping there. The project was just in time to set Atlantic Avenue into a new position with the dramatic rebirth that Brooklyn has experienced and once again is becoming a hip destination in the city.

Client: Economic Development Corporation of New York City
Collaborators: WXY Architecture
Completed: 2004
Budget: $250,000 plan
Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation