Community Board 1 votes no on Wallabout one-way

W’burg board: One-way a no-go for Wallabout Street, for now

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There is only one way to fix this problem.

That is what the city is saying about the traffic on Williamsburg’s Wallabout Street, a chaotic two-way route that planners at the transportation department want to make one-way. Members of a local panel agree that the road is too narrow for the heavy traffic it sees.

“Two trucks or buses cannot go down the road at the same time and there have been many accidents and it is very dangerous for pedestrians,” said Community Board 1 member Karen Nieves.

But the board postponed a vote on the city’s proposal to transform the street into a one-way last week because it would take away precious space on the road’s shoulders, they said.

“Businesses need to be able to load and unload from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays,” Nieves said to explain the no-vote.

Be that as it may, something must be done to make the thoroughfare more navigable, a neighbor said.

“The traffic on this road is horrendous,” said Avi Dovich, who lives nearby and frequently drives in the area. “I go a different way at all costs.”

The board will continue examining how to address the problem, Nieves said.

“We just need a solution that will fit everyone,” she said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that the one-way proposal vote was postponed. Community Board 1 did not vote the proposal down.
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Reasonable discourse

traffic jam from williamsburg says:
How would a one way street option take parking spots / shoulder space away compared to the 2 way mess it is now?
June 25, 2014, 11:36 am
ty from pps says:
Mr. traffic,
Don't expect rational thought from our lovely community board members. And folks are shocked when the DOT (once in a while) acts without the explicit endorsement of these donkeys.
June 25, 2014, 11:52 am
traffic jam from williamsburg says:
There is even a white ghost bike marking a deadly crash on that block. blind spots, blind curves, double parked cars, cars passing across the double yellow line.
June 25, 2014, 2:49 pm
digusted from CB1 from Willi. says:
What a shame! But no surprise at all.

This is the same reason for abandoning this side of williamsburg. CB1 hates the hasids and are trying to make their lives miserable.
June 25, 2014, 9:33 pm
Karen Nieves says:
This article is wrong. The Board postponed voting. We did not vote on the project. DOT will be coming back to the Community Board.
June 25, 2014, 11:09 pm
Gina Renette from Wallabout says:
Thank you for clarifying Karen. It seemed odd the the CB would flat out vote it's such a hazardous block. The residents do need to speak up and be present at meetings though it they want to be heard or have solutions to offer.
June 26, 2014, 12:48 pm
what a shame from Wallabout Street says:
The fact is, the that South Williamsburg is the forgotten section of CB #1. I think CB#1 need to re-invent itself and do more and better for the community at a whole and the ignored section in particular.
June 26, 2014, 5:57 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
In what way is it forgotten? It's not really CB1's fault if more people apply for liquor licenses elsewhere. In this year they've talked about traffic calming for lower Kent Ave, this proposal to make Wallabout one way, and a bike lane along Flushing Ave. It seems to get as much if not more attention for transportation issues.
June 26, 2014, 7:59 pm
Delec from East Williamsburg says:
Take a look at Bogart Street, it shouldn't even be one way..18 wheelers cant turn, cement trucks spilling there load, Boars Head clogging the pavement.
CB 1 cant even put minutes to there meetings on the web site or even answer emails
June 26, 2014, 8:32 pm
Delec from East Williamsburg says:
East Williamsburg is the lost section of CB 1....ask CB 1 how many more police officers we got for the hundred or so more liquor licenses
June 26, 2014, 8:34 pm
Delec from East Williamsburg says:
The real fact is East Williamsburg is the lost area of CB 1
June 26, 2014, 8:36 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I will certainly believe that East Williamsburg is the lost area of CB1.
June 27, 2014, 6:31 am
Josh K from Williamsburg says:
Karen Nieves, any comments???
June 28, 2014, 1:06 pm
RGK from Williamsburg says:
The request for the one way street came at the request of UJO/hasidic community and was also postponed at their request (Rabbi Niederman). They requested some more information about the solution which involves taking away parking from 7am-7pm on a stretch of Flushing in order to compensate for the increase flow of traffic. The parking will be removed during the rush hours and turned into an additional lane of traffic.
June 30, 2014, 2:45 pm

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