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Movement on Grand Street Traffic Hazards

Grand Street between the FDR Drive and Lewis - one of the most dangerous stretches on the Lower East Side, with a disproportionately large elderly population
by Yori Yanover

We just received a copy of a letter sent by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to Iris Weinshall, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. Silver writes:

"Once again, I am contacting you regarding the dangerous traffic conditions at the intersection of Grand Street and the FDR Drive. This time I am writing in response to a tragic accident that led to the death of one of my constituents and neighbors, who was killed by a car while trying to cross the street."

Silver also writes, "The intersection at Grand Street and the FDR Drive is in great need of vigilant bus and traffic enforcement and ample opportunity for pedestrians to cross it safely. This intersection has already been studied by the DOT and substantive changes are passed due. I look forward to receiving proposals from your office. I thank you in advance for your attention to this very serious matter."

Click here to view a PDF copy of the letter.

Following our barrage of emails to our public officials a week ago, Community Board 3 has added to the agenda of the Public Safety & Sanitation / Transportation Committees, on Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 PM, the item "Review of traffic conditions on Bowery (particularly at Bayard) and on Grand St. and Lewis St. where there have been fatal accidents to pedestrians."

Click here for full details on the upcoming meeting – we urge you to attend. If we show up, our issues will be taken care of.

LoHo10002.com is happy to be of service to our community, and saddened by the grim circumstances which raised this particular concern.


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