The 9th Avenue Renaissance project was initiated by the Clinton Hell's Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety (Chekpeds) , a group of concerned citizens, block associations, institutions, property owners and businesses, to reclaim 9th Avenue from the hellish Lincoln Tunnel traffic. The project will result in a shared vision of street design and traffic calming measures to turn  9th Avenue into a vibrant main street: pedestrian and shoppers friendly, traffic efficient and safe for all.

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On June 6th , Community Board 4 will vote on a motion to support the findings of your report and adopt them as the official community vision.  It will then become the official input in the federally funded engineering study of Lincon Tunnel entrances with a particular  focus on pedestrian  safety and 9th Avenue. DOT and NYMTC have started to gather data for the study  which will officially kick off  in September .

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Wednesday June 6th , 2007, 6: 30 p.m.

Roosevelt Hospital , 10th Avenue at 58th Street

Survey to Choose a Street Design completed :

The Coalition and its advisors PPS(Project for Public Space ) collected the input and comments from the residents, businesses, institutions, community groups and property owners. We thank you for your massive participation  about how to improve the traffic and pedestrian experience. The option for two moving lanes ( option C) came out as the least realisitc , with a preferred ranking of third. The option with three moving lanes and only one parking lane (Option B) was most often chosen in second position. However every one agrees that any of the three avenue designs will  deliver  a healthier, pedestrian and business friendly environment.

Community Feedback Session completed :

On a  northeastern storm night , 40 neighbors braved the elements to review the progress to date , review the three options for 9th Avenue Design and suggest improvements. It was studious and thoughtful event for pragmatic and reasonable citizens. We also annouced the Kick off of the federally funded engineering study of the Lincon tunnel access routes and their effect on pedestrian safety .

Design Workshop completed :

50 diehard citizens braved the icy cold to convene again and participate in the workshop to redesign9th Avenue . Seven locations had been chosen because they were either problematic or typical of the avenue. PPS (Project for Public Space), familiarized the groups on how to perform a “place audit” and they were off, each group with questionnaires and open minds. On their return, they presented their findings in words and their designs in drawings. Watch the video.

In typical Hell’s Kitchen fashion, energy and creativity intertwined with strong opinions and flurries of passion: We love our neighborhood and most of us would not choose to live anywhere else.Once again, it became apparent that local residents are the true experts. Only such pragmatic citizens could offer such rich suggestions – based on observation at every time of day or season.


Town Hall Meeting Report    

On January 8, 2007, over 130 members of the coalition were adressed by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum andManhattan Borough  President Scott Stringer on the new era of transportation in our city. Watch the video. All of our elected  officials and the Department of City Planning  joined in . Fred Kent of Project for Public Space illustrated the goals and benefits of the PlaceMaking process while Tim Tomkins, Head of the Times Square Alliance, gave his recipes for success. More important  we collected over hundred pages and video footage of suggestions made by all the members.   Read the Press  


Co Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. State Senator Thomas K. Duane, US Congressman Jerrold Nadler, NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, Community Board 4,Manhattan

We thank the following people and organizations who made this project possible: The Open Plan Project | Project for Public Space | Transportation Alternatives | NYC Street Renaissance | Citizens for New York | Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer | The Clinton Seed Fund  | Holy Cross School  | Project Find Coffee House


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