We’ve worked with TA over the past 10 months to develop outreach tools for the Fifth and Sixth Forward campaign. For newcomers and the team alike, here’s what we’ve accomplished with TA.
- November to present Convened a rockstar team! Calling out Shin-pei Tsay, Eric Galipo, Frank Hebbert, Steven Higashide, Josef Szende, Anisha Steephen, Anjali Aiyappa, James Andrew, Rachel Beadle, Angela Khermouch, and Steve Ramirez.
- December Led a walking survey of the Fifth and Sixth Avenue Corridors – see photomap.
- February Crafted district narratives based on the walking tour and spatial data.
- March Launched the campaign’s Shareabouts Streetview platform, which has over 100 entries to date.
- April Held two hack nights to design Park(ing) Day activities and games.
- June Crafted facts and graphic concepts for a grasstops brochure highlighting safety issues and opportunities along the corridors.
- September Designed and built a Park(ing) Day spot with TA volunteers.
With Park(ing) Day behind us, we’ve now reached the end of our engagement with Transportation Alternatives. TA will be approaching the Community Boards this fall to present the petition for a safer Fifth and Sixth Avenue, which now has close to 9,000 signatures. Sign up for the Fifth and Sixth Forward mailing list to stay in touch.
A BIG thank you goes out to everyone involved — especially Caroline, Miller, and Albert from TA for being such a pleasure to work with.
Thanks again for those who turned out for Park(ing) Day on September 20. Here’s a bit of coverage from WNYC along with some of our own photos.
- @PlanningCorps: http://www.twitter.com/planningcorps and http://ow.ly/i/3b9kn
- WNYC coverage: http://www.wnyc.org/story/parking-day-2013/
Here’s a message from Albert Ahronheim, Chair of the TA Manhattan Activist Committee:
Special thanks to Angela Khermouch for her wonderful, whimsical design and creation of the trellis and frame that brought a bright autumnal splash of yellow & orange to lower 5th Avenue. Thanks also to Steve Ramirez and the many of Angela’s other friends for their time and for their PVC and construction-paper-and-scissors skills in helping produce the installation. Not to forget TA’s astroturf, ™Miller’s Bicycle Moving Services, and for TA’s & Planning Corps’ long planning and volunteering of their time and skills to make this happen.
It was mainly a day for speaking at length with interested people and getting them to imagine their version of a complete street, rather than grab people to sign the 5th & 6th Forward petition, yet we still got 219 signatures along the way!
For @transalt Parking Day this Friday we’ll be at 5th Ave & 11th St in Manhattan!
We’ve been steadily making progress on the 5th and 6th Forward campaign with Transportation Alternatives.
Two meetings this week with a quick recap, summed up for you by our fabulous project manager Lauren Wang:
Tues, Apr 2 | Let’s Hack Park(ing) Day ii
OpenPlans at 7:00 PM, 148 Lafayette Street, PH
Tuesday is another Planning Hack night at OpenPlans. We’ll bring construction paper and play with concepts for the Park(ing) Day charrette. Should our props be specific or generic? Realistic or imagineered? How do we tell our story?
Thurs, Apr 4 | Planning Corps speaks at the T.A. Volunteer Meeting
T.A. at 6:30 PM, 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
We’ll be at T.A. on April 4 to meet with T.A.’s volunteer committees. Comments are welcome on Steven’s draft presentation, and feel free to pop in, if only to meet the committees.
The Quick Recap:
- Leave-behind materials: We’re developing a fact sheet that introduces the campaign and the districts to key constituents. The template/inspiration is up on Trello. Take a look, let us know if you can help.
- Park(ing) Day: We think the big challenge will be to design an activity that brings people over and engenders smiles — something photogenic and social media-friendly. Can any experienced Park(ing) Day-ers chip in?
- Trello/msg me for the slow recap.
And again, some useful links:
T.A. Meeting – draft presentation
Park(ing) Day Charrette – come play with construction paper
Leave Behind – any designers out there?
Check out the Shareabouts site and leave your comment or idea for how 5th and 6th Avenues improvements.
We’ll return to our once weekly meetings after this week. Hope to see you!
Atlantic Avenue BID executive director Josef Szende accepts a NYC SBS BID Challenge award
Better late than never: We are so proud! Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District executive director Josef Szende decided late last summer that he wanted to go for the Department of Small Business Services BID Challenge Grant, where up to $75,000 would be awarded to an innovative, replicable BID project in New York City. Though the timeline was tight, we convened Planning Corps for some strategy and brainstorming sessions, weighed the ideas, and came up with FUNderpass, a way of improving the elevated segment of the BQE that remains a stubborn barrier to the flow of pedestrians from Brooklyn Bridge Park to Atlantic Avenue.
The competition materials centered on this visionary image of what the underpass could be. Eric Galipo made it, and integrated all the wonderful ideas from the planners. We also created presentation slides, developed the project timeline, and other supporting materials for the submission. As a result, Atlantic Avenue BID won the full possible amount, $75,000! The final project team is still being developed, so details to come about the project’s execution. We can’t wait to see it in completion and walk down to the park from Atlantic Avenue.
FUNderpass rendering by Eric Galipo
Here’s some press on the project:
Brooklyn Heights Blog
NY Daily News
We’ll be convening a working session next Tuesday February 5 at 6:30 PM at H3 Architects to continue on the Move 5th and 6th Aves Forward project. A couple of links for the project, compiled by the awesome project manager, Lauren Wang.
Streetsblog write-up about the project
Project Overview where we dump ideas, notes, and resources
We’re looking forward to the launch of Re-Envision 5th and 6th Avenues this Saturday, December 8, 1-5 PM.
We’ll meet inside the Parker Meridien, where there’s a privately operated public space, at 118 W 57th Street at 1 PM on Saturday. After a brief introduction, we’ll split up into 4 groups, each one staffed by a Planning Corps member.
We’ll split up into 4 groups, do our walk and make our observations. By around 4 PM, we’ll meet up again at H3 Architecture, at 902 Broadway, 19th Floor to warm up and de-brief. Refreshments will be available.
To get you in the mood, we’ve collected some of the best videos of observations of people and the street. Join us! Please RSVP.
William H. Whyte: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces – The Street Corner from MAS on Vimeo.
Gehl Architects – Streets and mobility for people from Gehl Architects on Vimeo.
Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
We’re ramping up our collaboration with Transportation Alternatives and its 5th and 6th Avenue campaign. Planning Corps is getting together with the volunteer committees in December to walk 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan from 59th Street southward in its entirety. We’ll make observations and build our collective understanding of how well (or not) these major corridors perform. Campaign strategies will be developed from this important step. Join us!
Saturday, December 8, 1-3 PM
Meet at Parker Meridien, 118 W 57th Street (between 6th and 7th). We will divide into 4 groups and walk the length of 5th and 6th Avenues.
A bunch of us are prepping for the walking event, you can see what we’re up to on our project board.
We’ll test out a couple of tools on Dec 1 too, before we subject the volunteer committees to the exercise. Saturday Dec 1, 11 AM, meet at Speedy’s, 32nd Street and 6th Ave.
We hope everyone is well and weathered Sandy OK.
We have two upcoming meetings this month to work on an exciting new project with Transportation Alternatives.
Tuesdays, November 13 and 20, 6 PM
902 Broadway, 19th Floor
T.A.’s new campaign will re-envision major thoroughfares. The goal is to build public and political support for these major streets – such as 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan – to accommodate all modes of travel.
We’re going to kick off the brainstorming session next Tuesday, November 13. Time to get creative! In addition to brainstorming, we hope to find someone who will take on the mantle of Planning Corps project leader for this campaign from now to April 2013. Please spread the word!
On Tuesday, November 20, we’ll take the brainstorming ideas and turn them into itemized tasks and benchmarks for the next several months, filling out a timeline.
Please RSVP. Hope to see you!
Transportation Alternatives launched a new campaign that asks New Yorkers to imagine all streets designed for all people. Accompanied by the above photo simulation developed by Planning Corps, it challenges New Yorkers to think big and different, especially on avenues which might have already developed their own iconic identity like Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan. You can support the campaign by signing on here.
Speaking of support, you can support the future of another wide street, Queens Boulevard. The Queens Volunteer Committee are building public support for changes on the street as part of the integrated regional plan of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, which is the New York City region’s metropolitan planning organization. Sign on here.
Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming sessions.