Pedestrian Safety Improvements: FDR Drive at Grand Street

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The Department of Transportation is making pedestrian safety improvements on FDR Drive at Grand Street. Thanks to Council member Rosie Mendez for the head’s up about this one. You can see details in the flyer posted above.

FDR Drive Repaving Project Starts on the Lower East Side

Photos: FDR Drive Car Accident This Afternoon

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FDR Drive near Grand Street. Photos by Chris Castillo.

Thanks to TLD reader Chris Castillo for these photos showing a multi-car accident on FDR Drive, in the northbound lanes, near Grand Street. It happened around noon.  If you have any details from the scene, please let us know.

A Deadly End to Police Chase on FDR Drive (Updated 12:40 p.m.)

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A suspect was killed last night on FDR Drive near East 6th Street, as he attempted to elude police.  According to Channel 7, cops were pursuing a 22-year old man, who ran onto the roadway and was struck by a livery cab.  The incident happened at about 11:30 p.m.

Emergency crews responded right away but the man was pronounced dead on the scene. Distraught family and friends tried to approach the accident scene, but police held them back.  It’s unclear why they were chasing the suspect.

UPDATE: 12:40 p.m. – The Daily News reports the victim was 22-year old Keba Brown, an East Village resident. According to the report, he fled when police tried to arrest him for allegedly dealing drugs. A few more details from the story:

Family members said Brown had a troubled past but was trying to turn himself around. “He wanted to start a new life,” said his aunt, Sharon Reid. “He had two kids.” Sources said Brown was on probation for robbery and had a warrant for his arrest on a parole violation.

M21 Bus Stop Moving From FDR Service Road to Grand Street

The M21 currently stops on the FDR Service Road, just north of Grand Street.

It looks like the M21 bus stop, located on the FDR Service Road, is going to be moving around the corner.  The crosstown bus, which was re-routed last year,  travels along Houston Street, connecting the Lower East Side to the West Village.

Earlier this month, Leo Hoenig, chair of the East River Co-op House Committee, asked Community Board 3 to make the change.  He proposed moving the stop , to 473 Grand Street, to improve visibility.  Last night, CB3 approved the change. The MTA said it had no problem moving the stop if that’s what the community wanted to do.

Hoenig said he had been fighting for at least 30 years to bring back Grand Street bus service, after the city and private companies discontinued two east-west routes. Now that service has finally been restored, he wants to make sure residents know the stop is there — and that the M21 gets used.

More Buses Headed For East River

Here's the way Curbed put it today: "East side the real victim in Tribeca bus war." Neighborhood groups and City Councilman Alan Gerson, fought off the city's plan to move 18 buses to Tribeca. Based on an article in Downtown Express, it appears those buses are now headed for a location beneath FDR Drive, along the East River. They'll join 74 commuter and tour buses already there. But it gets even worse: until the Department of Transportation finds some place to move them, work can't begin on the long delayed East River Esplanande Project, connecting East River Park to Battery City Park.
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At the same time, the city is struggling to find a long-term solution to the glut of tour buses clogging the streets of downtown. We told you recently about the plight of the residents on Pike Street, who are forced to put up with idling buses and crowds of passengers outside their apartment buildings.