Here’s an updated from 5boro‘s Steve Rodriguez on the upcoming closing of the Brooklyn Banks:
“As far as timeline this is the deal (approx dates): Jan 15, 2010 until 4-6 months later- both overpasses that go over the banks area will be covered and
painted (pretty much entire banks area from Pearl to Rose streets will be closed and off limits). Once overpasses are painted(approx summer 2010)- the north ramp(ramp furthest away from the bridge itself) will be uncovered and the area that is not used for staging will be open
2014- entire banks area will be open again.
Below: shows the area that will be closed for the 4 years after they paint the overpasses. Everything to the left of the red line will be behind a temporary wall (the line goes all the way to Rose street- that is the closed road between the big banks and the small banks) This will pretty much make the actual “banks” unrideable because as we all know it is very difficult to ride them from such an extreme angle.
Next photo: shows that the upper banks area will be pretty much rideable up until the end of the steel flatbar.
The image below: which shows the entire area that will be used for “staging” (the grayed out area) during the 4 years. I highlighted in red the area that would be great NOT to have staging in which would allow the banks to be used pretty much as it is used on a regular basis. It’s a pretty small space compared to the total project area. I have requested that DOT try to change this area into an area that is NOT used for staging and to me that would be huge.
I know there is nothing we can do about the Banks being closed for the 6 months starting January 15th because that work/painting must be done but I feel as if we should still have an ongoing conversation with the DOT to try and get the red space so that the banks don’t need to be closed for 4 years. I will keep you updated on what DOT says about this and they said they will take it into consideration but nothing can be decided this early on in the project.
I will also be researching possibilities with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to try and get the banks Landmarked and I think with our network of people we could show a great reason for doing so.”