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More Fun With Traffic: Serious Accident on Fourth Ave.

October 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Anyone that drives on Fourth Avenue or rides in a cab or car service vehicle down it knows that it’s a scary street. (As do pedestrians, of course.) On of the most awful parts of the Fourth Avenue Experience (other than the hideous architecture of some of the new buildings and the wretched planning decisions that allowed developers to create dead walls of nothingness at street level if they wanted) is the dreaded left turn. Cars going in both directions trying to make left turns at the same intersection block the view that each other has and a game of Left Turn Russian Roulette ensues. The city hasn’t seen fit to install many left turn signals that could prevent carnage or even to give pedestrians enough time walk across the street on a red light. This is the result of one such incident yesterday, captured not long after it happened by a special Gl Correspondent. Our correspondent wrote: “Nasty car accident on 4th and 3rd. Looks like driver of car might be seriously hurt.”

Tags: Fourth Avenue · Gowanus · Park Slope · Transportation

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 anonymous // Oct 10, 2008 at 10:26 am

    For a great discussion about the dreaded left turn, read Tom Vanderbilt’s “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do.”

    Mr. Vanderbilt is, I am told, a Park Slope resident.

  • 2 woodendesigner // Oct 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    That corner has a really bad accident every couple of years if not every year. Usually a car ends up in the corner building where the salon is now. People really need to pay attention and slow the hell down.