January 13, 2016
Dangerous Intersections in Manhattan: Essex Street and Delancey Street
By Jonathan Damashek
We have finally reached the conclusion of our blog series “Most Dangerous Intersections in Manhattan”. Over the last few weeks we have featured some of the more perilous intersections in the city so that you can get a better sense of the danger that pedestrians find themselves in when they cross the street in New York City. The final intersection of our series is the intersection of Essex Street and Delancey Street.
This intersection is known throughout the city as being one of the most dangerous for pedestrians. Between 1998 and 2010, there were 523 motor vehicle accidents at the intersection – 134 involving pedestrians and bicyclists according to the Department of Transportation. Three of those collisions had casualties.
In May of 2011, Patricia Crockett was crushed under the rear wheels of a private sanitation truck that was making a left turn onto Essex Street as she was crossing the street.
What makes this intersection so dangerous for pedestrians is that the intersection is one of the longest in the city at nine lanes wide. The long crosswalk creates a hazard for pedestrians, especially children and the elderly who take longer to cross the street than the average person.
In 2010, a man was killed by a white Mazda while crossing Delancey Street at Essex Street in the early hours of the morning.
This intersection has a tried and true method of injuring the pedestrians who cross it. As we wrap up this blog serious we implore our readers to always be aware of their surrounding when crossing the road, even if it at first seems safe. Thank you for following along these last few weeks and please be safe.