Eyes on the Street: A New Sidewalk and a Safer Crossing in Woodside

Before and after: 37th Avenue at 69th Street, looking east. Photos: Angus Grieve-Smith
Before and after: 37th Ave. at 69th St. in Woodside, looking east toward Jackson Heights. Photos: Angus Grieve-Smith

A simple fix from DOT has made it easier and safer for pedestrians to walk between Woodside and Jackson Heights.

Angus Grieve-Smith posted the above photo on Facebook of 37th Avenue at 69th Street, near Broadway and the BQE, where DOT has added new sidewalk space on the south side of the avenue [PDF].

In the past, pedestrians had to cross to the north side of 37th Avenue in order to make their way between 69th Street and Broadway. To avoid those extra crossings, dozens of people walked in the 37th Avenue roadbed every day.

By removing a pedestrian fence and adding concrete, paint, and barriers, and installing a crosswalk across a BQE service road, DOT created a direct route for pedestrians, shortening the walking distance by 100 feet. More important, people no longer have to negotiate the four crosswalks between the south and north sides of 37th Avenue.

Image: DOT
Image: DOT
  • Bolwerk

    The change documented in the before/after pictures is an offense to freedom and country. Look at all the parking that was lost!

  • Tyler

    I agree! The DOT probably didn’t even think about the huge traffic jams this will surely create. Why are these people walking around anyway? They should just get a car. 🙂

  • Clarke

    A crosswalk at an unsignaled highway on ramp? Throw in an NYPD failure to yield ticket trap and this could be a gold mine.

  • Bolwerk

    Maybe they’re “those people.” 🙁

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