City to fix sinkholes plaguing Shore Road Promenade

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The city is finally going to shore up the Shore Road Promenade.

The parks department plans to fill in the minefield of sinkholes that keeps appearing on the promenade’s bike path in Bay Ridge, and locals say the fix can’t come soon enough.

“The promenade is collapsing. It’s frightening,” said Community Board 10 district manager Josephine Beckmann.

One cyclist said the holes once sent him head over handlebars.

“I was rubbing my eyes for not even two seconds, I hit the pothole, and that was it: I tumbled into a gate,” said Ridge cyclist Emanuel Giardina, who took a spill cut his hand during a spill on Oct. 19. “It’s amazing that they don’t do anything about it.”

The city last filled the fissures in 2007 when the situation was deemed an emergency, according to the parks department’s website. The project cost $9 million, Beckmann said.

But the sinkholes, some as deep as a foot, have come back, 27 of them by Beckmann’s count. The resurgence is likely due to the promenade’s aging bulkhead, which took a serious hit during Hurricane Sandy, Beckmann said.

“There has to be a relationship between Sandy and these cave-ins,” she said.

The potholes are so pervasive that fixing the promenade topped the community board’s list of capital budget priorities and requests for the 2016 fiscal year.

Several city agencies are now coming together to fix the underlying issue, according to a parks spokeswoman.

“Parks engineers are working with the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation to explore the necessary steps to resolve the issue of sinkholes on Shore Road,” Meghan Lalor said.

Meanwhile, cyclists are missing the promenade’s breathtaking views to stave off road rash, Giardina said.

“We’ve got the best scenery and you can’t enjoy it, because the road is all potholed,” he said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

MJ from Bay Ridge says:
solar-powered park lamps along the Promenade will make biking and jogging very pleasant at night.
Nov. 4, 2014, 9:13 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
The intersection of 4th Avenue and 65th Street Extension (under the highway) was finally paved a few weeks ago after being in horrible shape since the winter. I thought it was for the residents, but on Sunday it dawned on me that it was for the marathoners!
Nov. 4, 2014, 11:11 am
JaniceD from Marine Park says:
Meanwhile in the rest of Brooklyn, the pedestrian/bike path at Plumb Beach remains in need of repair for how many years? Not posh enough to rate any consideration? Always put to the bottom of the list?
Nov. 4, 2014, 6:42 pm

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