Delancey Street Safety Project Begins Next Week

Delancey Street, eastbound leading onto the Williamsburg Bridge.

The city’s Department of Transportation will begin making safety changes on Delancey Street beginning next week.  Two months ago, Community Board 3 approved a plan, which narrows the roadway in key spots, alters some traffic patterns and lengthens the Clinton Street walk signal by eight seconds.

The alterations are not expected to take long since no real construction is required. Many of the changes simply involve repainting lanes and setting up pylons to keep cars out of newly created pedestrian plazas. The Lower East Side BID is working with the city to beautify some of the plazas (including at the key intersection of Clinton and Delancey streets).

If you would like to review the city’s plan, have a look at our previous coverage.

See an update to this story here.

Teenage Girl Attacked on Delancey Street, Fights Back

Search dogs were brought to the crime scene, on Forsyth Street, near Rivington.

Search dogs were brought in yesterday to track down a suspect who fled after attacking a young woman on Delancey Street.   It happened around 4 p.m. as a 17-year old girl was walking along Delancey.  According to police, the suspect took her to the back of a building and ripped her jacket off. The Daily News reports the victim kicked the man in the crotch and then escaped.

For a short time yesterday afternoon, police were inside Pacific Aquarium and Pet Store at 46 Delancey.  But the investigation was centered near the intersection of Forsyth and Rivington streets.  A K-9 team went inside 174 Forsyth, a building for hearing impaired residents across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park.  This morning the search continues for the suspect.  See more photos after the jump.

Follow-up: Drowsy Truck Driver Smashes Parked Cars

Photos by Erin Egan Rodriguez.

More now on the accident on Delancey Street this morning in which a sanitation truck badly damaged between six and eight parked cars.  We’re told authorities do not believe the driver was intoxicated. Instead, they say, it appears he fell asleep in the moments before ramming into the cars early this morning.  The driver stayed on the scene until police arrived. As you can see from these photos (sent in by TLD contributor Erin Egan Rodriguez) the truck’s right-rear tire was wrecked during the ordeal.  The parked cars, however, got the raw end of the deal.

Monday Mash-up: Garbage Truck Takes Out Six Cars on Delancey Street

Delancey Street, east of Willet Street. Photo by

Thanks to TLD contributor Erin Egan Rodriguez, who alerted us to this scene on Delancey Street this morning.  A sanitation truck smashed into about a half dozen cars that were parked along Delancey, causing a whole lot of damage.  There was no sign of the driver; the truck, owned by Imperial Sanitation Corp., out of Astoria, is about to be towed away.

The owners of some of the cars are gathered on the street, just east of Bialystoker Place/Willet Street, shaking their heads in disbelief.  We have calls into the Police Department and the sanitation company for more information. In the meantime have a look at these photos.

Community Board 3 Approves Delancey Street Safety Plan

Slide from DOT presentation depicting new pedestrian plaza on Delancey Street.

Last night Community Board 3 approved a Department of Transportation (DOT) plan to improve pedestrian safety along Delancey Street. The city intends to implement the changes along the dangerous roadway by early summer.

Among other improvements, it will lead to the reopening of Clinton Street at Delancey, the creation of pedestrian plazas to narrow street width and a left-turn ban for automobiles heading south on Essex Street to Delancey and the Williamsburg Bridge. After consultations with CB3, the city also agreed to lengthen the time allotted for pedestrians to cross at Clinton Street by eight seconds and to ban right-hand turns from westbound Grand Street onto Clinton.

The changes came in the aftermath of several fatal pedestrian and bicycle accidents on Delancey Street in the last couple of years. In January, 12-year old Dashane Santana was struck and killed at the intersection of Delancey and Clinton streets.

For more details about the Delancey Street safety plan see our previous coverage here and here.

CB3 Resumes Debate On Delancey Street Safety Plan Tonight

Proposed Delancey Street reconfiguration. Image: DOT rendering.

Tonight Community Board 3′s Transportation Committee will resume its discussion regarding safety improvements along Delancey Street. Last month,  the Department of Transportation proposed several changes to address community concerns in the aftermath of numerous pedestrian accidents. These changes include narrowing Delancey by creating pedestrian plazas, changing some traffic patterns and re-opening Clinton Street at Delancey. The DOT is hoping CB3 will sign off on the plan this evening, so that the improvements can be implemented by early summer.

The plan was generally well received, but community board members did have a few concerns that will likely be raised again tonight.  Among the potential sticking points: new rules that would ban cars from turning left from southbound Essex Street on to Delancey and require cars heading west on the Delancey Street service road to turn right on to Clinton (right now they have the option of going straight).  In the past, prople who live on Clinton have complained that cars and trucks use the street as a passageway through the neighborhood, creating a lot of noise and pollution.

Car Engine Fire on Delancey Street

Delancey and Suffolk streets. Photo by David Shankbone.

Via EV Grieve, this was the scene a short time ago at the intersection of Delancey Street and Suffolk.  The photo was snapped and tweeted by @davidshankbone.



More Scenes From the Water Main Break at Delancey and Bowery

Bowery, Delancey Street and especially the Williamsburg Bridge are still a traffic mess this morning, even if most of the flooding has subsided. As we’ve been reporting a water line burst around 7 a.m., forcing the city to shut down one of the neighborhood’s biggest intersections during rush hour.  While there are still major backups on the bridge and the Manhattan Bridge is not much better, it looks like the Brooklyn Bridge is running relatively smoothly. A couple more photos from the scene:


Photos: Water Main Break at Bowery and Delancey


Crews from the Fire Department, Con Ed and the Office of Emergency Management are still trying to fix a water main break that occurred near Bowery and Delancey streets around 7 o’clock this morning.  Officials says it will likely take most of the day for repairs to be made on the century old water pipes that flooded the intersection and forced the city to shut down both major arteries during the morning rush hour.  Delancey is closed from Elizabeth to Christie streets, and the Bowery is closed from Delancey to Broome. Click through for more photos.


Man Arrested Following Sexual Assault in Bowery Subway Station

Michael Torres.

Police have arrested a suspect in a brutal sexual assault Wednesday  in the subway station at Bowery and Delancey streets.

The incident happened just after 1 a.m. The woman was riding the escalator when, police say, Michael Torres, 29, grabbed her from behind.  According to WNBC, he dragged the victim to the end of the J Train platform, threw her on the tracks and began assaulting her. Torres, who was armed with a screwdriver, then took the woman to another section of the station and, investigators say, raped her.

Slide Show: The DOT’s Plan For Delancey Street

Images from DOT presentation.

Early this morning we posted our report from last night’s Community Board 3 meeting, where city officials unveiled their plan for improving safety on Delancey Street.  The slides used in their presentation are now available online. You can see all of them here.  Click through to see some of the key visuals.

City Details Plan to Reduce Width of Delancey Street

DOT rendering.

Last night the general public got a first look at the Department of Transportation’s plan to finally make Delancey Street safer.  You’re looking at an image from a PowerPoint presentation illustrating a big part of the proposal — carving out pedestrian safe zones on the edges of the street, one of Manhattan’s widest thoroughfares.  The ideas presented at a meeting of Community Board 3′s transportation committee were developed, in part, as the result of the “Delancey Street Working Group,” a panel formed in the aftermath of several pedestrian fatalities.

Elected Officials Praise Delancey Street Safety Plan

Delancey Street, at Clinton.

This evening the Department of Transportation will formally unveil its plan to improve safety on Delancey Street. This afternoon, the neighborhood’s elected officials have come out with a press release praising that plan.

They noted:

The new DOT safety plan will include a number of improvements: widened sidewalks and shortened crosswalks at intersections along Delancey; changes to turning patterns; analysis and lengthening of traffic signals; and continued comprehensive review of the corridor.

In the aftermath of several fatal accidents, State Senator Daniel Squadron convened the “Delancey Street Working Group,” a panel of neighborhood stakeholders who advised the DOT on possible steps to improve dangerous conditions along the busy corridor.  Today Squadron said:

Because we worked together, Delancey will be dramatically safer within months, not years. Shorter crosswalks, revised traffic signals, and a plan to improve traffic flow throughout the corridor have the potential to improve Delancey for all who use it..

Wednesday Night: Your Chance to Speak Out About Delancey Street Dangers

Delancey Street at Clinton Street, on Jan. 13, after Dashane Santana was struck and killed by a minivan.

If ever there were reason to attend a Community Board 3 meeting, this is it. On Wednesday night,  CB3′s transportation committee will hold a special session to discuss what to do about Delancey Street, one of the city’s most treacherous thoroughfares.

Residents have been pleading with the city for many years to do something about the unsafe conditions on Delancey.  Those pleas grew louder last month after the tragic death of 12-year old Dashane Santana, who was struck by the driver of a mini van.

At the meeting, the DOT will present its plan for pedestrian safety improvements. Their proposals were developed as a response to the Delancey Street Working Group, a panel convened by State Senator Daniel Squadron.  There is a good deal of skepticism about the plan, which has not yet been made public.  Many stakeholders fear the DOT will continue to place a higher priority on moving cars and trucks across the Williamsburg Bridge than on the safety of local pedestrians and cyclists.

So a big turnout is important to send the message that the neighborhood has had enough. After the DOT presentation, there will be an opportunity for residents to speak out.  Anyone wishing to do so must sign up just before the meeting or after it has begun.

The hearing will take place in the Seward park Co-op Community Room, 264 East Broadway (at Montgomery), at 6:30 p.m.

Loved Ones Attend Dashane Santana’s Funeral

St. Emeric's Catholic Church, 185 Avenue D.

Family and friends gathered at St. Emeric’s Catholic Church on Avenue D this morning to say goodbye to 12-year old Dashane Santana, who was tragically killed in a traffic accident on Delancey Street January 13th.

During the service, Dashane’s mother, Shamika Benjamin, called out from her seat, “I love you baby, with all my heart.” Teresa Pedroza, the girl’s grandmother, organized a fundraising drive for the funeral and burial. Today she stepped up to the pulpit, thanking community members for their generosity.

Referring to the terrible events 12 days ago in which the driver of a minivan struck Dashane as she was crossing the street, Pedroza said, “it was a horrible accident that never should have happened.” Pedroza vowed to work for safety improvements on the treacherous street.