Monday, September 5, 2011
Bushes become hazard in Whitestone
Below is a letter sent to our local Elected officials as well as DOT Commissioner Maura McCarthy, and Parks Departments Dorothy Lewandowski. To date, no one has responded.
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Subject: Francis Lewis Park Danger Zone
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 20:09:36 -0400
The following attachments are pictures of an extremely dangerous situation at the entrances to what might be one of the most beautiful parks in Queens. Aside from being named after one of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence who lost everything for his nation, it is now what might very well be the most inaccessible park in the country for Children. While the inside has a dilapidated playground that, after much fighting, is being replaced and moved away from its current location under the Whitestone Bridge, there is still much improvement needed both within the Park and on the way to Francis Lewis Park.
You can see from the photos that there are no stop signs on the entire stretch of 3rd Avenue in front of the park, no sidewalks across the street from the park for children and their parents to walk on, no speed bumps, and or any other type of traffic precautions. Note that most of the children would be coming from the side of the street that has NO SIDEWALK.
You can see that the city street signs are at least 3 feet in on the properties. The property on the corner of 147th street has such high bushes on the curb (even after owner had approximately five to ten feet on corner recessed) that are so high cars and people can not see oncoming traffic until they are well into the intersection. You will notice a fire hydrant recessed and camouflaged within the bushes, as well as utility poles and no parking signage in the bushes.
How are our children expected to cross the street into the park? When is there going to be a stop sign placed on the corner of 147th street and 3rd Avenue? When are the speed bumps that were approved several months ago going to be installed? When are proper traffic measures going to be implemented in our community?
Your help in this matter is desperately needed, and much appreciated.
Malba Gardens Civic Association
Full gallery of photos of this accident waiting to happen may be viewed here.