Upgrade Planned for Historic Pavilion in Fulton Park

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I’ve always loved the pavilion that greets you in Fulton Park as you leave the Utica Avenue subway. Looks like it’s getting an upgrade! DNAinfo reports that the comfort station is slated for $2.7 million worth of work, including electrical, ventilation and plumbing improvements, as well restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. The Parks Department wants to make the space more accessible for community events so it will get security lighting. Porcelain fixtures will replace stainless steel in the restrooms, with new wheelchair-accessible stalls. Finally, “the current fixed grills on the building’s colonnade area will be replaced with locking gates that will open to face the plaza and alleviate its current ‘cagey-looking’ feel,” the Brooklyn Parks Chief tells DNAinfo.

The historic structure opened in 1910 and was designed by the architectural firm Helme & Huberty.

Work is expected to kick off in the fall of 2017 and could take up to 15 months. During construction, temporary security fencing will be placed around the building but it will not affect pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

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After a Week of Heartbreak, An Installation Goes Up in Fulton Park

It has been a terrible, hard week for the country. But thank you to the artist Shaquilla Dillon who just installed this art installation at Fulton Park. The video was taken by Julia Chance, who posted it to the public Bedford Stuyvesant Facebook group. As Shaquilla says, “My installation is to make black people feel loved and better… just spreading black love and black empowerment. It’s a portal for love.”

Rally This Weekend for Better C Train Service

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If you ride the C line, or read reports about the MTA subway system, you know that the C is pretty much one of the worst lines out there. It’s got the oldest cars of any subway line. It’s infrequent, especially on weekends. Basically, it’s not supporting the growing population of Brooklynites who live off it.

Riders Alliance does a lot of advocacy work regarding the C line and is holding a rally on the matter this Sunday. The theme is “1964,” the year the running C trains were built. As you can see above, Riders Alliance is demanding better, more frequent service, newer cars and a better communication system. The rally is happening at Fulton Park, off the Utica Avenue A/C stop. If you’re interested in attending, sign up here or RSVP to Rebecca at 212-590-9504/rebecca@ridersny.org.