After nearly a year-long battle with the New York City Department of Transportation, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is savoring the sweet taste of victory with the removal of the 35-feet long pedestrian islands along Fort Hamilton Parkway. Hikind, a vociferous critic of the islands, had long been advocating for the removal of the medians because they impeded the work of ambulance crews rushing to Maimonides Medical Center, firefighters, and sanitation personnel, and negatively impacted on business owners and local residents.
“Everyone told me I was crazy to even get involved with this issue, that these islands would never be removed because the installation had cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Hikind.
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