Vinegar Hill residents fight plans for Brooklyn Greenway bike path

The DOT wants the 14-mile Brooklyn Greenway to run through the historic neighborhood.

The DOT wants the 14-mile Brooklyn Greenway to run through the historic neighborhood. (3/28/13)

BROOKLYN - Residents in Vinegar Hill are trying to get the city to backpedal on its plans to extend a bike lane through their quaint and quiet neighborhood.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is working on its design for the Brooklyn Greenway, a 14-mile waterfront bike route that will stretch from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge, and Vinegar Hill along the way.

The neighborhood is a small stretch of cobblestone streets, with a historic feel that community members say would be ruined by the path.

The project's founder says DOT designers decided last week to keep the original cobblestones and just push them very closely together so cyclists could ride safely. While many residents say they don't want a bike path there at all, some feel keeping the original cobblestones is the best compromise.

The project is still being designed and should be completed in a few years.

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