Is the City Finally Paying Attention to the Dangers of South Street?

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 at 5:00 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Where South St. meets Rutgers Slip

The area of South Street running along the belly of the Lower East Side is in desperate need of safety upgrade. It’s a dangerous collection of tertiary streets that serve as both extension and off-ramp of the FDR Drive. Residents in the vicinity – namely Two Bridges – have been fighting for over a decade to effect some sort of change. The “traffic calming” crusade is gaining a bit of momentum thanks to a highly-publicized fatal accident back in August which claimed the life of an 82-year-old (the driver was not charged in the accident). And, of course, the eventual arrival of the Essex Crossing mega-development and the explosion of the local population likely to follow.

The Department of Transportation is finally taking notice (at least a bit), and briefed Community Board 3 last week of its efforts. New countdown signals were installed at the slip intersections of Catherine, Pike, Rutgers, and Montgomery. There are also a number of signal studies still pending; it takes eighteen months to obtain results. Other safety measures requested by the community include speed bumps on Mongomery Street and additional signal studies at Clinton/South and Gouverneur/Water.

During the Transportation subcommittee meeting, members of the public in attendance also asked the DOT rep to consider retooling the intersection of Rutgers Slip and Cherry Street. The two Rutgers roads (Slip and Street) are not aligned, forcing drivers to briefly turn the wrong way on Cherry to continue northward.

The map below perfectly illustrates the new traffic installations alongside the requested study areas.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: CB3

Recent Stories

Today in News About Trying Out for the Local Quidditch Squad

Yes, you read it right. There are tryouts this weekend for the local Quidditch team. The Tri-State team and its second string squad, respectively The Warriors and Rogues, are holding a recruiting session in East River Park tomorrow morning at 10:30am. The group is part of the official US Quidditch league. For the uninitiated, the […]

Coleman Playground Gets Upgrades Ahead of East River Park Closure

Coleman Playground, in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge, is another of the parks along the Lower East Side coastline receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project. As a result, East River Park will close for at least 3.5 years. The displaced open area is being redistributed to these other parks, with an […]

Street Vendor on the Bowery Caught with Hands Down His Pants

Caught red-handed. A street cart vendor on the Bowery was seen this week with his hands down his pants. Al Bundy style during lunchtime. Lower East Side local Snapped this photo of the food cart parked outside the TD Bank at Bowery and Canal Street. The image has already gone viral on a local level, […]

‘Parkour Expo’ this Weekend Atop Seward Park High School

Parkour enthusiasts take note: Move NYC is headed to the Lower East Side this weekend. Nomadic outfit The Movement Creative is setting up a temporary rooftop playground, composed of of 8,000lbs of metal pipe, joints, and wooden beams atop the New Design High School (nee Seward Park High School at 350 Grand Street). Movement Creative […]

66 Clinton Street Sees New Life as 8-Story Luxury Development

Two months ago, New Life of New York City sold its flagship building at 66 Clinton Street and relocated to Alphabet City. Next up, luxury living. Just last month, the nascent landowners – Vault Development and TLM Equities – filed paperwork with Department of Buildings for the new development. Set to rise eight stories, the […]