Getting your child off to school with everything they need is a multi-step process. Teachers send out letters saying exactly what’s required and invariably every year there is one thing that is so critical that the teachers added at the last minute or it may have even been mom or dad who forgot that one crucial piece. Whatever the case, last minute back-to-school shopping is nothing all that original. As downtown Brooklyn shoppers are busy scurrying around Fulton Mall for their things, they have become flustered with the myriad construction projects going on.
NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez (1) was on the beat and the beat beat-back. “We can’t even get back and forth across the street,” one shopper wailed to the dutiful reporter. The rash of “roadway reconstruction is also tearing up old streets and laying down new ones, two blocks at a time, from Adams Street to Flatbush Avenue.” This is great news for residents in the long term, but on the shorter side of things, this road construction is making big headaches for back-to-school shoppers and businesses alike.
At a time when business should be booming, some residents of downtown Brooklyn are just looking elsewhere; avoiding Fulton Mall altogether. The untimely construction is having an economic impact and Fulton Street businesses are feeling the pinch from this construction in dwindling traffic. School uniform store Cookie’s is located in Fulton Mall; store owner Cookie Falack relayed “It’s (the construction) been hurting us the last few months.”
Kids can’t go back to school without all they need though and contrary to popular myth, construction projects eventually get done. For Fulton Mall businesses and shoppers, this completion can’t come soon enough!