2019年12月23日 星期一

N.Y. Today: Deadly Streets for Pedestrians

What you need to know for Monday.

Growing Death Toll on City Roads

It’s Monday.

Weather: Expect a sunny day, with a high in the low 50s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Wednesday (Christmas).


Sam Costanza for New York Daily News

Since Mayor de Blasio rolled out his Vision Zero initiative to eliminate traffic deaths in 2014, street safety has become a signature of his tenure. The mayor has pushed for upgrades at crosswalks, installed hundreds of speed cameras and agreed to a $1.7 billion plan for 250 miles of protected bike lanes.

But six pedestrian deaths in a three-day period last week served as a reminder of the dangers that still plague New York City’s streets. The fatalities have prompted city officials to increase police enforcement efforts targeting commercial trucks, which were involved in four of the six deaths.

The fatal collisions began Wednesday morning when a 67-year-old man was struck in Flushing, Queens, and a 75-year-old woman was hit in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.


The next day near Sunset Park, an 85-year-old man was struck by a box truck as he crossed the street. Later that day, a 26-year-old woman was killed after a truck backed into her in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan.

On Friday morning, another truck hit a man in Hell’s Kitchen, and three vehicles struck a 57-year-old man in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The deaths cap a year of bad news for the mayor’s road-safety initiative: The number of pedestrian deaths and total fatal traffic collisions are up — if only slightly — from last year, when the city achieved the lowest level of traffic deaths in a century. And the number of cyclist deaths this year has more than doubled.

“We have had a difficult and challenging year under Vision Zero,” Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner, said on Sunday. “And as 2019 comes to a close, we want to make sure that this holiday season is a joyous and safe one for all New Yorkers.”


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What we’re reading

Almost 25 years ago, an infant was found alive inside a plastic bag at the entrance of a church in Queens. Now, a heartfelt reunion. [New York Daily News]

A 15-year-old was charged with possessing a weapon after an apparent shoplifting incident. [New York Post]

New rent laws, which hit landlords hard, may have led to a decline in renovation plans within rent-regulated buildings. [The Jewish Voice]

Coming up today

Explore a variety of French food in the European Taste Experience pop-up at OCabanon in Manhattan. 11:30 a.m.-midnight. [Free]

Enjoy the Winter Recess Family Matinee, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Noon. [$15]

Agnès Varda’s 1981 documentary “Mur Murs” is part of a major retrospective of the French filmmaker at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. 3:15 p.m. [$15]

— Melissa Guerrero

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

And finally: City of lights

The Times’s Laurel Graeber reports:

Staten Island: The NYC Winter Lantern Festival takes place on a 10-acre site with more than 1,200 huge lanterns. Among the music-filled displays is a Dinosaur Path, which includes lanterns of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a feather-crested velociraptor.

The festival is easily reached by a free shuttle bus from the Staten Island Ferry terminal. It features a heated tent, outdoor live performances, a skating rink and the glittering Starry Alley. Through Jan. 12. nycwinterlanternfestival.com

Brooklyn and Manhattan: Hanukkah began at sundown on Sunday and commemorates when one small container of oil used to rededicate the ancient Jerusalem temple lasted for eight days.

There are giant menorahs at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, and Grand Army Plaza, Manhattan. Lighting the lamps, each over 30 feet tall, is a feat itself, requiring cranes and lifts. Through Dec. 29. largestmenorah.com and chabad.org/5thavemenorah

Bronx: The Bronx Zoo is full of creatures, and so is its Holiday Lights show.

To enter the Animal Lantern Safari trail, visitors walk through a sculptured shark’s belly. Look for glowing lemurs in the trees. Also at the zoo are roaming carolers, a colorful Christmas tree and live birds of prey with which you can pose for photographs. Through Jan. 5. bronxzoo.com

Queens: The Hello Panda Festival is a 700,000-square-foot event at Citi Field. Visitors are greeted by a gargantuan figure that resembles RoboCop transformed into a rodent. Representing the Chinese zodiac’s coming Year of the Rat, it’s one of more than 120 illuminated exhibits that include safari animals, a fairy castle, a huge Christmas tree, a menorah and a tunnel-like panda with a body like a glittering Slinky.

There are heated tents with a food court, a dance floor and a ball pit. Through Jan. 26. hellopandafest.com

It’s Monday — be bright.

Metropolitan Diary: Busking

Dear Diary:

It was 2004, and I was a dance student at Juilliard. Shopping in a clothing store on West 72nd Street one afternoon, I made eye contact with a handsome young clerk. He slipped a paper receipt into my hand as I left.

“There is something wonderful about you,” it said. He had also written his name and number.

I learned that he was a singer-songwriter. We met at Union Square Park the following Saturday. There was a jazz quartet busking there. The drummer was someone I knew, and I said hello as I passed by.

My date and I hailed a cab to Central Park. Near Bethesda Fountain, he accidentally smashed the bottle of wine he was opening for us to share. We hugged when we parted.

A couple of days later, I ran into him in the tunnel that connects the Sixth Avenue L stop to the IRT lines.

“I’ll call you!” he said.

He never did. But the drummer from the park has been my partner for the past 12 years.

— Laura Mead

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