4,737 people were injured and 21 died in 18,862 traffic accidents in New York City in August according to recent statistics released by the NYPD. The number of motor vehicle accidents has been increasing steadily over the last three years however the number of deaths and injuries are both on a declining trend in the city (click on graphs for a larger view) which indicates that New York City streets are getting a little safer.
Pedestrians are the most at risk of dying in a traffic accident in New York City. They represent more than half of the traffic fatalities. Last month 11 of them died after being struck by a vehicle compared to 6 during the previous month and 10 in August 2014.
While pedestrian fatalities are on a downtrend, bicycle accident fatalities have been increasing since the beginning of 2013. Last August 3 cyclists died in accidents. 3 cyclists also died in July bringing to 11 the total number of people who died in a bicycle accident this year. During the same period of 2013 and 2014 there were respectively 7 and 15 bicycle accident fatalities.
Tenants at many building in New York City and particularly rent-stabilized tenants are being endangered and harassed by negligent property owners that are allowed to start construction work after they asserted that their building was empty when filing with the NYC Department of Buildings.
Despite Mayor de Blasio’s blue print to improve the efficiency of the NYC DOB, and pledge to preserve and create rent stabilized apartment, tenants and some elected officials are complaining that the lack of enforcement has created a climate of lawlessness. A recent article in the New York Times explains how unscrupulous landlords and developers are defrauding the DOB with false fillings, endangering the life and safety of tenants and harassing them into leaving their apartments. The author, Mireya Navarro is providing numerous examples of cases where residents complaints were ignored or handled lightly by the Department of Buildings and owners were allowed to continue their work.
The Department of Buildings is aware of the false filling problem and has been working on upgrading their technology. Among the improvements, the DOB announced that it was about to launch Inspection Ready, a new online tool that is supposed to dramatically simplify compliance and reduce wait times when scheduling appointments for inspections. The system will include the ability to request and cancel appointments online, as well as view inspection results and documentation.
Two construction workers were injured after they fell from a building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan yesterday afternoon. The construction workers where working on the $50 million renovation of the World Diamond Tower building on Fifth Avenue and W. 47th St. They fell from the second floor mezzanine inside the building. The FDNY has asked the City Department of Buildings to investigate whether a partial collapse of the mezzanine led to the fall. Read more in The New York Daily News
The construction accident happened in a famous building of the Diamond District. Picture courtesy of Google map
Since the de Blasio administration launched The Vision Zero program to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities in New York, jaywalking tickets have been increasing significantly. By the end of last year, according to NYPD statistics, jaywalking summonses had nearly quadrupled the average for the previous six year. In a long article, the Village Voice looks at the history of Jaywalking in the city since 1920 and question the manner it is being enforced by the NYPD these days. Read the complete article here
A woman in her 50s was seriously injured after being struck by a van this morning. The accident happened at the intersection of 21st St. and fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The pedestrian was crossing the street when she was hit by a white van making a left turn. The driver of the van was in shock and stayed at the scene of the accident while the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Read more in the New York Daily News.
Nearly a dozen people were injured in a bus accident in New York City yesterday afternoon. The bus was traveling on the north bond bus lane of Woodhaven Boulevard when a SUV traveling in the same direction cut in front of it to make a right turn. The bus driver tried to avoid the SUV and swerved before to crash into the building located at the corner of 63rd Avenue. The building was partially destroyed and the wall of an apartment located on the second floor was teared down. At the time of the accident, Colette Landers who resides in the apartment was inside. Thankfully she didn’t sustained any injury but she was shaken up. She explained to CBS that she was about to take a shower when everything flew over in her apartment and the wall fell down.
Witnesses tried to help injured passengers to get out of the bus by the windows however they couldn’t get to the bus driver who was crushed in his seat. They had to wait for the emergency crews to take him out using the jaws of life. He was seriously injured and transported to the hospital with six other passengers who also suffered serious injury. Other passengers were treated on stretchers at the scene of the accident.
Between six and ten people were injured in New York after the East River Ferry experienced a hard landing at Pier 11 in Wall Street. The accident happened yesterday a little after 5:30 pm. There were 36 people on board when the accident happened. Most passengers were not injured and refused medical attention. Six passengers who suffered minor injury were treated at the scene of the accident by paramedics and two were sent to the hospital according to NY1.
A female pedestrian suffered severe injury after being struck by a car in New York yesterday afternoon. The woman was standing on a sidewalk at the intersection of East 49th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan, NYC, when an out of control driver jumped the curb and pinned her against a light pole. According to witnesses the victim’s clothes were completely ripped and she was lying on the street almost naked and severely injured. Moments after the crash, doctors from a nearby emergency clinic ran to the scene of the accident and covered the victim with blankets until EMS arrived and transported her to the hospital. See video on Pix11
A few hours earlier another car jumped the street on East 69th Street and First Ave and crashed into a Starbucks. Thankfully nobody was injured in this accident.
See surveillance video and read more about it on NBC New York
A worker was injured in a construction accident Friday in New York City. The accident happened at the Red Hook East Houses on Henry Street in Brooklyn, NYC. The worker was standing on scaffolding on the second floor when an AC Unit fell on him. The cooling unit was being removed from the sixth floor by other workers when it fell. The construction worker was transported to the hospital. He suffered non life threatening trauma and was hospitalized in stable condition. Read more in the NY Daily News
Red Hook East Houses, picture: Google Maps