Summer 2002, p.24

Committee News

Work with T.A.'s professional staff to make a difference in your part of the city. Whether you are a good talker, artist, letter-writer or just a concerned citizen, T.A.'s advocacy committees need you.

Brooklyn Committee
Committee Chair: Clarence Eckerson, Jr.
Meets: The third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at a location TBD. See T.A. Calendar, p. 26. Goodbye to Eco Books! Thanks to Rachel Treichler for letting us use her space for two years. Please send us ideas for new meeting spots.

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Advocacy Campaigns:

  • Car-Free Prospect Park - Cars do not belong in Prospect Park.
  • Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming - Your neighborhood is not a BQE service road. Help win real pedestrian, bicycle and traffic calming improvements.
  • Brooklyn Hazard ID - Identify dangerous street conditions in Brooklyn.
  • East River Bridge Bicycle Counts - Document the number of cyclists to make a stronger case for cycling improvements.

The Bronx Committee
Committee Chair: Rich Gans
Meets: Once every two or three months. See T.A. Calendar, p. X.

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Call - 718-653-2203


  • Re-open the Highbridge Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Harlem River.
  • Reinstate car-free Sundays on the Grand Concourse.
  • Win a new segment of the Hudson River Greenway in Riverdale Park.
  • Pedestrian and cycling safety improvements.


At our June meeting, Bronx Borough Parks Commissioner Lewandowski discussed upcoming capital projects to rehabilitate parts of the Bronx Greenway, including portions of Mosholu-Pelham Greenway.

Car-Free Central Park Committee
Committee Chair: Ken Coughlin
Meets: Regular petitioning in park,
occasional meetings.


  • Collect 100,000 signatures on our petition to City Hall.
  • Win a three month trial closing of the park to traffic.
  • Reach out to community groups.

Updates: In mid-June, the petition drive passed the 30,000-signature mark.

  • Upper West Side Councilmember Gale Brewer endorsed a three-month trial closing of the park to traffic.
  • The campaign awaits a requested a meeting with the Central Park Precinct Captain to address the repeated complaints we have received about the Central Park Precinct's continued failure to close entrances to cars on time and to enforce traffic laws in the park.

Gowanus Expressway Task Force
Committee Chair: Michael Cairl, Gowanus Community Stakeholder Group Vice-President
Goal: T.A. is a core member of the Gowanus Community Stakeholder Group, which seeks to ensure full environmental review and an unbiased study of what it will take to replace Brooklyn's hulking elevated Gowanus Expressway with a tunnel.