If you live in building 1, you know how dangerous it is to cross the long, unprotected crosswalk along Grand Street on your way to Fine Fare. The light isn’t long enough to make it all the way without sprinting, and with no pedestrian island, and cars making turns from every direction, you’re left on your own in the middle of the street.
And if you live in building 2, you know how bad the sight lines are crossing Madison the short way. Cars often don’t see, or ignore, the first crosswalk. Especially when a city bus is parked at that bus stop, drivers can’t even see the first stop light and traffic sign, and head straight through the crosswalk to settle under the second stop light by building 2’s driveway.
After years of complaining, we’re going to do something about it. Leo Hoenig of the house committee has alerted NYC Department of Transportation of these dangerous crossings, and the issue has been placed on the agenda of CB3’s transportation committee meeting on Thursday, October 20. A transportation committee endorsement would push this issue to the full community board, and an endorsement there would compel DOT to analyze the intersection.
Thursday, October 20 — 6:30 – 9:00 pm
70 East 4th Street
First floor theater
What we know about these kinds of bureaucratic procedures is this: the more people show up, the more likely you get what you want.
So please, if you’ve ever crossed these streets and cursed a driver, if you’ve ever been afraid to send your kids to the store or to school by themselves because of this dangerous intersection, take the time to come Thursday to make sure our community leaders understand how important this is to you.