The intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic, and Fourth avenues is in some ways the center of Brooklyn, sitting atop the borough's largest transit hub. It's also overrun by cars, funneling traffic to the BQE and the free East River bridges.
New Yorkers have been giving up on the bus, with a 16 percent drop in ridership between 2002 and 2015. An analysis of each borough by Eric Goldwyn shows the bus ridership decline has been concentrated in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There may be several factors at work, but worsening traffic congestion is almost certainly a culprit.
Motorists killed three people walking and biking in Brooklyn. In one case a driver ran over a senior in broad daylight and left the scene.
The hellacious walking environment at the intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic, and Fourth Avenues is awaiting safety improvements four months after DOT presented its plan.