New York City traffic is legendary – and, to keep up, those who get around on foot have to be equally bold. Crossing the street in New York can feel like an Olympic event that requires speed, judgment and a certain amount of risk.
Of course, some crossings are safer than others. To help New Yorkers identify dangerous intersections and plan safer walking routes, the Department of Transportation has identified five of the city’s most dangerous intersections. Keep reading to see if your most dreaded crossing made the list.
5 hazardous intersections for pedestrians
- East 170th Street and Grand Concourse, the Bronx – According to the DOT, the Bronz is the most dangerous part of the city for pedestrians at night. This intersection is no exception; pedestrians are forced to cross multiple lanes of heavy traffic.
- West 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan – Manhattan has made great strides in reducing pedestrian fatalities, but some intersections still require caution and attention. Between 2009 and 2013, five pedestrians were seriously injured at this intersection and one was killed.
- Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn – Brooklyn is the city’s deadliest borough for pedestrians overall, with an average of 45 pedestrian fatalities per year. The intersection of Utica Avenue and Southeastern Parkway saw two fatalities and six serious injuries between 2009 and 2013.
- 27th Street and Queens Plaza, Queens – This crossing involves multiple lanes of traffic and an elevated subway track, giving pedestrians a number of obstacles that can lead to crashes.
- Hylan Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, Staten Island – Hylan Boulevard is known to be dangerous, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. The heavy traffic at this intersection caused four serious injuries between 2009 and 2013.