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Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Mall Bringing More Shade and Beauty to Brooklyn

June 9, 2014
Myrtle Plaza Rendering

Myrtle Plaza Rendering

Brooklynites can look forward to the beautification of a stretch of Myrtle Avenue which will be transformed in the coming months into a lovely pedestrian mall. With the help of funding from former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilwoman Letitia James, the federal government and the NYC Department of Transportation, Myrtle Plaza will be a 25,000 square-foot, $6 million haven for residents located between Hall Street and Emerson Place.

The Parks Department will be adding at least 40 new trees to the six lonely trees that already grow on the four block stretch on Myrtle. By the time summer 2015 rolls around there should be twelve Pagodas, six Zelkovas, five Pin Oaks and eight Amelanchiers rooted around the plaza, adding shade, cleaner air and beauty to the public space.

“They will increase our street beautification efforts and have been shown to reduce car speeds,” said a spokeswoman for the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership. “They cool the street and the city by providing shade in the summer and they provide cleaner air.”

The Partnership will be responsible for the care and maintenance of the trees, which will have trunks larger than five inches. Larger trees create a shadier canopy, covering the avenue with cooling shade.

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