Downtown Boards Pinpoint Most Dangerous Intersections

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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer asked each community board to identify the worst traffic spots

Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer released a very long list of what community members say are problematic intersections and streets for pedestrians in Manhattan.

The list is compiled by each of the borough’s 12 community boards, which used their own criteria to determine what spots are most deserving of the city’s attention. Brewer released the list to the public and sent it to both NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, asking them to consider these community-determined dangerous hot spots in their work on the mayor’s Vision Zero project, aimed at eliminating pedestrian deaths in the city.

Below are the downtown Manhattan community boards’ lists.

Community Board 1

1. South End Avenue at Liberty, Rector, and West Thames Street

2. Battery Place and First Place (the area in front of PS 276)

3. North End Avenue between Chambers and Vesey Street and Warren Street between North End Avenue and West Street (between PS 89 and Ball Fields)

4. South End Avenue in Front of Gateway Plaza (crossing problems at turn off Liberty Street onto South End Avenue up to the turn into the Gateway complex)

5. Vesey Street (north-south crossing on the west side of the bridge)

6. Water Street – southern portion

7. Church Street at Vesey and Liberty Streets

8. Route 9A/Westside Highway at Battery Tunnel area

9. South Street at Beekman Street & Peck Slip

10. Hudson Street at Beech, Laight, and Vestry Streets near Holland Tunnel

11. Water Street and Hanover Square

12. West Street at Albany and Vesey Streets

13. Beekman and Spruce Streets (intersection with 2 schools, Pace University, NY Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, large construction project)

14. Fulton and Beekman Streets

15. Pearl Street, south of the Brooklyn Bridge (including where it becomes St. James Place)

Community Board 2

1. West Houston Street and 6th Avenue

2. 7th Avenue South at Carmine, Varick, and Clarkson Streets

3. Downing, Bleecker Street, and 6th Avenue

4. Houston St. & 6th Ave. (Ave. of the Americas) – DOT is beginning construction work on this intersection Spring 2014, that incorporates CB2M’s input from several meetings.

5. Complex intersection of 7th Ave. S. and Christopher, Grove and W. 4th Sts. (Sheridan Square).

6. Complex intersection where 6th Ave. intersects with 8th St. and Greenwich Ave., as well as where 9th St. meets 6th Ave. and Greenwich Ave. and veers off to Christopher St.

7. 5th Ave. & 14th St., especially vehicular turns east.

8. Left turns from 5th Ave. to 8th St. (east side).

9. Ave. of the Americas (6th Ave.) & Bleecker St.

10. Houston St. / Broadway (suggestion: overwhelming numbers of pedestrians here might make “Barnes Dance” the better option, i.e., allowing pedestrian passage in multiple directions).

11. Prince St. & Crosby St. (no traffic signs for west bound vehicles on Prince, which tend to zoom from Lafayette to Broadway; also the view corridor to the east along Prince is often blocked by parked vehicles east of Crosby).

12. Broadway at Prince St. – as with Houston/Bway, suggestion given for “All Vehicle Stop” to allow pedestrian passage in multiple directions.

13. SpringSt//Broome St. – as with Houston/Bway, suggestion given for “All Stop / All Cross.”

14. Broome St. west from Lafayette St. all the way to Sixth Ave. (due to heavy bridge to tunnel vehicle traffic, all intersections – Crosby, Broadway, Mercer, Greene, Wooster, West Broadway & Thompson – are pedestrian nightmares, particularly from 3pm to 7pm and for more of the day on weekends).

15. Canal St. at Greene St. (northbound traffic from Church St. crosses Canal and over to Greene; the crosswalks here are often perilous).

16. Right turns from Lafayette St. onto Broome St. heading west. The westbound long dog leg on Kenmare St. west from the Bowery, south to Lafayette St. and west to Broome St. (pedestrians are often at peril in these intersections, where vehicles get backed up and stop in crosswalks) (Location is in both SoHo and Petrosino Sq. area).

17. Canal St., Lafayette St. to 6th Ave.

18. Bowery at Bleecker St. and south to East 1st St. and on to East Houston (Bleecker & East 1st are not aligned so turning vehicles get backed up and then block pedestrian passage).

19. Left turns from Kenmare St. to Lafayette St. (southeast side). The westbound long dog leg on Kenmare St. west from the Bowery, south to Lafayette St. and west to Broome St. (pedestrians are often at peril in these intersections, where vehicles get backed up and stop in crosswalks) (Location is in both Petrosino Sq. area and SoHo).

20. Canal St., Bowery to Lafayette St.

21. Bowery, Canal St. to Houston St.

22. Kenmare St. / Centre Market Pl.

23. Bowery at Prince St., heading west on Prince from Bowery (in terms of competing vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians).

24. Bowery at Kenmare (One has to be hyper-vigilant as a pedestrian; there was a cyclist struck and killed at that corner in 2008).

25. Canal and Greenwich Sts. — technically the boundary b/w CB1 and CB2.

26. Canal and Hudson Sts. — technically the boundary b/w CB1 and CB2.

27. Varick and Spring Sts. — most treacherous during the afternoon and evening commuting hours.

28. Varick & Watts Sts.

29. Watts St. & 6th Ave. (Ave. of the Americas).

30. Canal St., 6th Ave. to Varick St./Holland Tunnel.

31. Varick & Houston Sts.

32. 14th St. on the east side of the West Side Highway (9A/West St.).

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