Family Remembers Hector Vera, Pedestrian Killed on Delancey Street

Hector Vera celebrated a niece’s birthday at a family party at El Nuevo Amanecer on the Lower East Side in 2005. Photo courtesy of Barbara Perez.

The following story is reported by journalist and Lower East Side resident Jennifer Strom:

To the many strangers passing through the intersection of Delancey and Essex streets on the morning of April 12, Hector Luis Vera was a spectacle of police lights and crowds, a rush-hour clog on a main commuter artery into the city, a body mostly covered by a sheet, drawing sidewalk gawkers.

Followup: Fatal Delancey Accident

Photo by Jennifer Strom

We have a followup on the deadly accident on Delancey Street early Monday morning. As previously reported, a pedestrian was struck by a car near the intersection of Delancey and Essex, around 4am. Because the body was not removed for several hours, the gruesome scene greeted people on their way to work and caused traffic problems near the Williamsburg Bridge. Later in the day, several elected officials issued a statement calling on the city to make safety improvements at the intersection, one of the city’s most dangerous.

Elected Officials Urge Safety Improvements on Delancey

Photo by Jennifer Strom

An update on yesterday’s fatal accident on Delancey Street. As we reported (here and here), a pedestrian was struck and killed around 4am as he was crossing the street (near Essex). The body was not moved for several hours, creating a gruesome scene during the morning rush hour.  Now our elected officials are speaking out about the pedestrian dangers on Delancey. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Margaret Chin released the following statement:

Thursday News Links

Streetsblog took note of our coverage of Councilman Gerson's transportation town hall Monday night, saying "the session successfully gathered up ideas from ill-informed cranks."  They concluded:

A quick CrashStat check reveals
that, contrary to Mr. Jacob's (LES resident who said there had only been one fatality in the area) gut assertion, several people have been
killed by autos while walking on Grand Street in recent years. Co-op
Village, like many other housing developments in the area, is home to a
big senior population. Those pedestrian refuges make Grand Street safer to cross and less intimidating to older New Yorkers.
Rolling back critical safety improvements that improve seniors' quality
of life — is that really the kind of "community input" that Gerson
wants to align himself with?

The Villager's take on the town hall is now online. Harold Jacob gets a starring role in their write-up, as well:

 Jacob recalled that Margaret Forgione, D.O.T. Manhattan borough
commissioner, told a Lower East Side forum earlier this year that the
Grand St. median island was intended to avoid pedestrian deaths on a
section of Grand St. where there had been three fatalities. Jacob said
he obtained records through a Freedom of Information Law request and
found that there were no fatalities at that location, but that there
had been one death on Clinton St. after a safety island had been
installed at an intersection.

The Villager also has more on the New York Housing Authority's new pet policy, banning pit bulls and other breeds.

The Tenement Museum's blog has a few interesting posts on the groundbreaking artists who told the stories of immigrant life on the Lower East Side.

Just in time for Mother's Day, Metromix profiles a dynamic duo: Roni-Sue of Roni-Sue's Chocolates in the Essex Street Market and her son Corwin Kave of Fatty Crab.