Ask most people what they know about Brooklyn and chances are they know of Flatbush Avenue. The southern end of Flatbush is one of the gateways into downtown Brooklyn, as it is where the Manhattan Bridge exits. Russell Design, along with AECOM and Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, was involved in a much needed streetscape project to modernize this iconic avenue. Improvements include the insertion of a planted central median, complete with new pedestrian refuges encased by granite bumpers that were embellished with etching indicating cross street identification. Also included in the program is an illuminated replica, by Brian Tolle, of one of the original Daniel Chester French's sculptures that once flanked the entrance/exit of the bridge on Flatbush.