DOT Commissioner Tours Dangerous UES Intersection with Council Member Menin

Council Member Menin and DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez tour dangerous UES intersections/Council Member Julie Menin's office
Council Member Menin and DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez tour dangerous UES intersections/Council Member Julie Menin's office

MANHATTAN – Just weeks after calling on the NYC Department of Transportation to review and redesign the deadly intersections on the Upper East Side, Council Member Julie Menin gave DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez a walkthrough of some the problem roadways— a first step in saving lives from preventable tragedies on our streets.

This morning’s walkthrough included stops at East 76th Street and First Avenue— where a delivery worker lost his life last December when his moped crashed into a double-parked truck— as well as two problem intersections just south of the Upper East Side on First Avenue at East 57th and 58th Streets. 

Council Member Menin and DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez tour dangerous UES intersections/Council Member Julie Menin's office
Council Member Menin and DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez tour dangerous UES intersections/Council Member Julie Menin’s office

“I am looking forward to DOT expediting studies of these locations which could lead to additional traffic calming and controlling measures being installed,” said Council Member Julie Menin.

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In a letter shared today with Commissioner Rodriguez, Menin requested that forty other dangerous Upper East Side intersections also go under the microscope, including East 76th Street and Third Avenue where a 51-year-old woman was struck and killed just blocks from her apartment, East 61st Street and Third Avenue— the scene of a horrific collision that killed two men when out-of-control box truck jumped the curb. 

NYPD officers investigate after cyclists were struck by a truck/Upper East Site
A cyclist and pedestrian were struck by a truck and killed near East 61st Street and Third Avenue/Upper East Site

Last week, Menin added First Avenue at East 93rd Street to the list following two collisions involving pedestrians at the location within two weeks time.

During today’s walkthrough, Menin also noted ‘rampant placard abuse’ in legal parking spaces, which she points to as one reasons why vehicles double-park which raises the risk for crashes. 

Council Member Menin noted 'rampant placard abuse' on her walkthrough/Council Member Julie Menin's office
Council Member Menin noted ‘rampant placard abuse’ on her walkthrough/Council Member Julie Menin’s office

Mayor Eric Adams and Commissioner Rodriguez previously announced a plan to ‘turbo-charge’ Vision Zero— the citywide effort to cut traffic deaths— by redesigning one thousand dangerous roadways across the five boroughs in 2022.

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“Intersections should be sacred spaces for pedestrians and this administration is committed to improving safety at the city’s most dangerous crossings,” NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez tells Upper East Site.

“We were happy to tour the Council Member’s district and look forward to reviewing her recommendations.” 

Intersections noted in Menin’s request for review include:

  • York Avenue and East 61st Street
  • York Avenue and East 62nd Street
  • York Avenue and East 63rd Street
  • First Avenue and East 57th Street
  • First Avenue and East 58th Street
  • First Avenue and East 59th Street 
  • First Avenue and East 60th Street 
  • First Avenue and East 61st Street 
  • First Avenue and East 62nd Street
  • First Avenue and East 63rd Street
  • First Avenue and East 68th Street
  • First Avenue and East 70th Street
  • First Avenue and East 71st Street
  • First Avenue and East 72nd Street
  • First Avenue and East 76th Street
  • First Avenue and East 79th Street
  • First Avenue and East 89th Street
  • First Avenue and East 91st Street
  • First Avenue and East 93rd Street
  • First Avenue and East 96th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 54th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 56th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 57th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 58th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 59th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 60th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 65th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 69th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 72nd Street
  • Second Avenue and East 73rd Street
  • Second Avenue and East 74th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 81st Street
  • Second Avenue and East 84th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 89th Street
  • Second Avenue and East 90th Street
  • Third Avenue and East 79th Street
  • Third Avenue and East 81st Street
  • Third Avenue and East 84th Street
  • Third Avenue and East 85th Street
  • Third Avenue and East 86th Street
  • Third Avenue and East 96th Street
  • Lexington Avenue and East 83rd Street 
  • Lexington Avenue and East 86th Street 
  • Lexington Avenue and East 100th Street 

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