Eyes on the Street

Jim Holt asks:

What percentage of the ambulances that blare their sirens to go through red lights are actually carrying patients? Less than 50 percent based on my observations of ambulances arriving at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. And in no case have I seen the ambulance driver behave with any urgency in getting a patient out of the vehicle and into the hospital upon arrival. So is there any point to the ambulance sirens that are always deafening pedestrians and pulling down the quality of New York street life?

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Eyes on the Street: Park Slope Pedestrian Struck by Ambulance

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Photos: Ed Ravin Reader Ed Ravin sent in these photos of a collision between an ambulance driver and a pedestrian in Park Slope, which happened around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. He writes: According to another bicyclist watching the aftermath, a Long Island College Hospital ambulance, with its lights flashing but sirens off, struck a pedestrian […]

Marcia Kramer Exposes the Threat of Pedestrian Refuges [Updated]

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I had to pull this Marcia Kramer segment out of the headline stack and post it, because you’ve got to see it to believe it. Earlier this week, CBS2’s chief political correspondent went down to Borough Park to expose the pedestrian refuge threat. Intro: “The Department of Transportation has struck again.” With its outlandish Safe […]

The Weekly Carnage

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On Tuesday afternoon an apparently "flustered" motorist accelerated her Nissan Maxima over the curb and onto Cadman Plaza in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Fortunately, the sedan’s blinged-out rims and high-performance tires appear to be salvageable. The brand new bus shelter, clearly, is not. It had only been installed days before. There is a certain […]