Public pedestrian plaza in Williamsburg getting mixed reviews

A pedestrian plaza that opened in Williamsburg this year is getting mixed reviews from the public.



Back in May, the point where Union Avenue meets North Tenth Street became home to a 6,900 square-foot pedestrian plaza. Since then, it has received a lukewarm reception.



"I think it's a nice little area together," says resident Ken Eakin. "[It] could be really great in the summer, spring, fall."



Even if too many people don't use the area as a community gathering space, the plaza does serve another purpose. The New York City Department of Transportation says it's also a traffic-calming measure, a major boost for pedestrian safety.



A spokesperson for the agency says it serves to shorten pedestrian crossing distances, reduce vehicular speeding and create simpler, safer left turns.


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