PuBlic Spaces

Enjoy the many beautiful landscaped outdoor
spaces throughout our district


Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue

The triangle-shaped traffic island known as Fowler Square was redesigned as a public plaza and reopened in 2018. With support of area businesses and institutions, Community Board 2, elected officials, historians, and activists responsible for saving the statue of General Fowler, FAB FULTON was awarded the project as part of the New York City DOT Plaza Program. An inviting open space with patio tables and shade umbrellas located at the nexus of a busy intersection linking Downtown Brooklyn to Fort Greene, Fowler Square is a popular space to meet up, take lunch and people watch.


Fulton Street and Grand Avenue

With the support of elected officials, community leaders, surrounding businesses, residents and institutions, Putnam Triangle Plaza came to be as a new community open space after a NYC DOT study and review period, along with community workshops, in fall 2011. Permanent design and reconstruction was completed in 2019, and the new plaza space reopened to the public, complete with plentiful new seating including shade umbrellas, improved lighting, new trees, a water fountain, and green landscaping. In summer 2021, the plaza was renamed for educator and activist Jitu Weusi, and it continues to be a favorite neighborhood space for residents.


Gates and Vanderbilt Avenues

In 2022, as part of a larger NYC DOT street plan to implement traffic-calming measures throughout the Clinton Hill and Fort Greene residential areas, and in response to a tragic accident at the intersection, the former one-way strip between Fulton Street and Vanderbilt Avenue was closed to vehicle traffic and transformed into a plaza. Currently outfitted with temporary plaza furnishings until capital improvements are executed, Gates Avenue Plaza provides a nice oupost adjacent to Gates Avenue Triangle, where greenery and landscaped plantings are abundant, creating a garden-like space for the whole community to enjoy. 


Fulton Street and Greene Avenue

The area where Fulton Street, Greene Avenue, Hanson Place, and South Oxford Street meet (known to longtime residents as “7-Corners”) has become an enhanced public space on two sides with the addition of new trees, landscaped green elements, helpful wayfinding signage, and permanent bench seating. FAB FULTON secured funding for the project opposite a larger park to transform unused street space surrounded by traffic cones into a vibrant public greenspace for the community. Through continuous support via grants and other sources, FAB FULTON is able to maintain ongoing planting and landscaping services by The Hort to keep the area beautiful and lush.

A wooden post with dark green sign that reads "Gateway Triangle" with the NYC Parks symbol of a maple leaf in a circle coming out of a garden filled with white and yellow daffodils and giant potted plants with trees and a building in the background.


Fulton Street and Vanderbilt Avenue

The NYC Department of Transportation made several pedestrian safety improvements and an enhanced public space at Fulton Street and Gates Avenue. Newly planted areas, more trees, permanent benches, and additional lighting were installed for this project made possible with funding secured by FAB FULTON. Additionally, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation removed the 8-foot-tall gate that once surrounded Gateway Triangle for decades and opened up that space. The Parks Department continues to maintain it, supplying seasonal flowers and plants for the community to enjoy.

A green sign with a giant white maple leaf in a circle over the name Cuyler Gore Park on a black iron fence in the foreground with a park and person walking in the background on a summer day.


Fulton Street between Carlton Avenue and Greene Avenue

One of the oldest parks in the city, Cuyler Gore was named for a prominent local Presbyterian minister, Dr. Theodore L. Cuyler prior to 1901. Expanded and renovated twice in the 1980s, this park was redesigned to include more greenery, seating and brick paths; the popular water sprinkler feature and children’s play area attract families from the neighborhood year round. The park remains free of monuments but full of trees and flowers, just as Dr. Cuyler instructed so many years ago. Still, FAB Fulton continues to advocate for improvements needed to fix drainage problems and make the playground safer. In 2021, a renovation and re-design process was launched with community input meetings. Post-COVID, the procurement process is projected to end in April 2024, with construction to commence after that.


Fulton Street and Classon Avenue

Named for Crispus Attucks, an African American killed in the Boston Massacre on March 5, 1770, this playground was opened by NYC Parks in 1934. Over the years, the playground continued to receive care from volunteer neighborhood groups working with NYC Parks, and then it was completely renovated and reopened in 2016. A $2.5 million project included new play equipment and safety surface, new restrooms, new sports courts, improved landscaping and safety lighting. In 2017, the basketball courts were renamed in honor of the late rapper Christopher “Biggie” Wallace, who grew up a few blocks from the playground.
A set of benches with a man sitting on one on a summer day in Betty Carter Park.


Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street

Formerly known as “BAM Park” on account of its proximity to the historic cultural institution and closed for years due to safety issues, the fenced-in triangle space opposite Fowler Square in Fort Greene was redesigned and opened up as a new park in 2019 to be managed and maintained by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. In August 2019 it was officially renamed Betty Carter Park for the renowned African-American jazz artist who once took cello lessons in this same park and called the neighborhood her home for years. The park is positioned as a calming transition from the green neighborhoods of Fort Greene to the bustling streets of Downtown Brooklyn to the west on Fulton Street.


230 Ashland Place and 86 St. Felix Street

A NYC zoning regulation aimed at ensuring dense areas have a measure of open space, privately owned public spaces, also known by the acronym POPS, are spaces dedicated to public use and enjoyment and which are owned and maintained by private property owners. There are more than 595 POPS in the City whose cumulative footprint is about 3.8 million square feet, and there are two sizeable spaces in the FAB FULTON area. Both POPS areas on Fulton Street in Fort Greene provide seating, lighting, and shade for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike.