Biking Dangers…

[This is a singe riders experience without supportive data.]

This morning I biked to the lovely Red Hook Swimming Pool for early bird lap swim. This ride is sixteen minutes from our block. Below are my two routes (left – to the pool; right – back to our block).


I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the most comfortable city biker. 95% of my rides involve getting to Prospect Park and doing loops. This morning I learned, first-hand, how unnerving bicycling on Dean Street is. To me, the most anxiety-riddled part of the ride is crossing Hamilton Avenue (under the BQE). Next though is riding Dean Street between 6th and Vanderbilt. On my way home, I encountered:

  • FDNY pulling out and going the wrong way on Dean to get to 6th Avenue
  • 3 different double-parked vehicles in front of 535 Dean, syncopated with double parked automobiles (presumably) associated with Temple of Restoration creating a slalom-like experience
  • 2 construction works unloading materials on Dean Street for 535 Carlton Avenue
  • 4 illegally parked USPS vehicles narrowing the street and frustrating the driver behind me as we form a bike-to-car caravan

DOT: let’s not be regressive and await accidents (like these on Vanderbilt Avenue and the original MPT reducing sight lines). Let’s also not discuss the inability for the DOT to enforce. The DOT has high-quality planners that have expertise on improving these situations. Please assist.

Concrete Pour Construction

From GFCP:

Overnight Work
Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th beginning at 11PM
461 Dean Street
Dean Street & Flatbush Avenue
As part of construction for the Pacific Park Brooklyn project, the sidewalk & road in front of 461 Dean Street will be replaced during the overnight hours beginning on Monday, April 24th through Friday, April 28th beginning at 11PM. The hours are pursuant to DOT permits and work will occur from 11PM to 5AM.

Four and Twenty BlackBirds Prospect Heights Pie Counter

The Elsen sisters will be opening their second Brooklyn location on Dean Street between Vanderbilt and Carlton in March. Like the original Gowanus outpost,  the new 10 seat pie counter will be open throughout the day, serving pies whole and by the slice plus savory hand pies, other baked goods, Stumptown coffee and tea.

For the first time, Four & Twenty will also offer a selection of beer, wine and cider chosen to pair well with pie, with offerings changing regularly to complement the pies.

The new location will also stay open later than the original cafe to offer a nighttime destination for the neighborhood, whether it’s a family outing, date night or drinks with friends.

Tentative open hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Wednesday 7am – 9pm
  • Thursday & Friday 7am – 11pm
  • Saturday 8am – 11pm
  • Sunday 8am – 9pm

634 Dean Street Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Expected Opening Timeline: First week of March