Late Friday afternoon, 73-year-old East Village resident Meipui Chow Leon was reportedly struck and killed by a Whole Foods van while she was crossing East Houston at Avenue B.
In the above photo from yesterday afternoon, an EVG reader notes what was the third accident at this intersection this weekend... where one SUV sideswiped another SUV. One passenger in the SUV in the foreground was taken away in the ambulance.
"This intersection is so dangerous," said the reader. "You've got traffic coming off the bridge and the FDR and no traffic cameras."
Meanwhile, last night around 8, Bill the Libertarian Anarchist came across the scene of an accident at East Houston and Avenue C. The cab collided with a Toyota Camry Solara in the intersection. Witnesses believe that the cab driver was speeding. The driver of the Solara said that he was not injured.
The cab was flipped over when Bill first arrived on the scene at 8:15. The cab driver and the passenger were taken to the hospital. It is not known what condition they are in...
"The combination of Queens Boulevard's immense width, heavy automobile traffic, and thriving commercial scene made it the most dangerous thoroughfare in New York City and has earned it city-wide notoriety and morbid nicknames such as "The Boulevard of Death" and "The Boulevard of Broken Bones".
So what are we going to call Houston Street? BTW, don’t ever THINK about accessing the East River Park either via bike or walking at that Houston Street traffic circle intersection.
Can't help but wonder if DOT "improvements" to this street contribute to the apparent difficulty in driving on it.
Houston is a problem because its a highway right through neighborhoods, created in 1940 by Robert Moses & Co in 1940 by tearing down many buildings to add extra lanes. Which is of course why there are those oddly shaped remaindered empty lots along Houston, and the backs of buildings (like around Ave A to 1st and 2nd).
A bad idea from the get-go, and we're still living (and dying) with the consequences, 75 yrs later!
Grieve, can you do what lots of police departments around the country (including, recently, NYPD) have done and stop using the phrase "accident" and instead use "collision" or "crash?"
I don't watch TV and don't have cable, but apparently there's a Discovery Channel program about car accidents? Has anyone tipped them off on Houston Street yet?
I live at Clinton and Stanton. The neighborhood became a traffic nightmare after the Wmsburg Bridge was reopened with Clinton St being the first and easiest route through LES to the FDR. Traffic on Clinton is gridlocked at every rush hour, and at other times speeds though on it's way elsewhere. Sending that volume of traffic (including trucks of all sizes) through a short one-lane street was terrible planning.
Oh, It is very sad.
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