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Street Art With Saving Lives in Mind – Right Of Way

The biker and pedestrian have wings...Right Of Way Speed Sign (Image: Daily News)

After traffic tragedy after tragedy after tragedy in North Brooklyn, we all agree that something has to be done (aside from ticketing jaywalkers) about speeding – (especially on McGuinness Blvd) to prevent future traffic related deaths.

Politicians spend time writing press releases and DOT – whose “top priority is safety” – drag their feet through bureaucratic muck, while street safety activists Right of Way, take care of business. Apparently their mothers also told them, “if you need to get the job done, sometimes you have to do it yourself.”  Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Holly Hearts By Hand

Holly Fairall is proud to be a full-time mom and working artist. She draws much of her inspiration from Greenpoint itself, as seen in her illustrations of our iconic water tower.

Her company, Holly’s HeART by Hand, creates whimsical illustrations cards and framed pieces made entirely on “treeless” Sri Lankan paper. How can paper be treeless, you may ask? Try combining 50% post-consumer recycled paper with 50% elephant dung and VOILA, there you have it. TREE-FREE paper. Continue reading

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No Cars On McGuinness Blvd – A Virtual Reality with Streetmix

I’m just going to go out on a limb and say it. I hate cars.

See the above image? It’s my vision for McGuinness Blvd using an online App called StreetMix that I read about in this article on Hyperallergic.

Do you notice there are no cars in my design?

I think cars are stupid, especially in a city like New York, where so many people are crammed together, sharing what we all don’t have enough of  - space – especially open natural space. Continue reading

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L Train Running BK to NYC; Gas Guzzlers Forced To Share

According to @NYCmayorsOffice:

- L train is running every ten minutes between Manhattan and Brooklyn!

- The gas shortage is a serious enough problem that “starting at 6AM tomorrow drivers with license plates ending in odd numbers only can buy gas on odd-numbered days (i.e. 9th) and even on even days … Emergency vehicles; buses; para-transit vehicles; commercial vehicles; taxis and licensed liveries are exempt from alternate-day gas order.”

What do you think about this plan to alternate days for buying gas?

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How Many Seconds Before You Die? McGuinness Blvd. Crossing Guide

This isn’t a joke. Crossing McGuinness Blvd. can often be a near death experience and for some deadly. A speed survey confirmed that speeding cars are out of control with over 66% of cars going over the speed limit with accidents averaging at over one per month involving mostly cars and pedestrians. According to the DOT report:

From 2005 to 2009 there were 57 crashes on McGuinness involving pedestrians or bicyclists … Of those, 44 crashes involved pedestrians, with one resulting in death. The remaining 13 crashes, involving cyclists, resulted in three fatalities.

Some of the more dangerous intersections are getting a make-over, with narrowing lanes and countdown signals, plus speed cameras are going to be tested. It’s a start.

Still, McGuinness is a very anti-pedestrian street. The very location of the roadway, flanked by the LIE and BQE, leaves drivers in highway speed mentality and the lights don’t give pedestrians much time to cross.

Even though safety measures are being created, as pedestrians we need to look out for ourselves and carefully cross the street.

I hung out on McGuinness Blvd at Driggs Ave with a stop watch at about 10am on a Friday morning, when there is a decent amount of foot and car traffic, then went again at 10pm the same night.

How much time do you really have to safely cross McGuinness Blvd?

GREEN LIGHT: During the day, cars on McGuinness have about 1 min. 5 sec. to pass before it turns red, and about 1 min at night.

Meanwhile…

RED HAND: Pedestrians, wait over 1 minute.

I know it’s obvious, but we are all guilty of running against the light. Don’t be an idiot! It’s better to be late than dead. When you see that red hand, don’t risk it – even if there is no traffic.

TOTAL TIME TO CROSS FOR PEDESTRIANS = *45 sec. in am, 55 sec. in pm
*includes white hand signal plus countdown

WHITE HAND: Lasts 20 sec. before countdown signal begins in am, 30 sec. in pm

25 SECOND WARNING: At a normal pace, you can make it safely across the two lanes without having to wait on the dangerous divider.

17 SECOND WARNING: At a fast paced walk, you can make it safely across.

9 SECOND WARNING: At a fast jog you can make it across, but don’t risk it.
What if you trip?

RED HAND BLINKING: 3 sec. DO NOT CROSS
The most appalling moment I ever witnessed in Greenpoint was a man who ran to make the light while pushing a stroller in front of him.

mcguinness blvd greenpointDON’T WAIT ON DIVIDER
If a car skips the curb you are dead meat. Don’t risk it.

WAIT ON THE SIDEWALK, NOT IN THE STREET
Impatiently standing on the street is just as dangerous as waiting on the divider. Stay on the sidewalk as far from the edge of the curb as possible. In the event of a crash be as far away from McGuinnes Blvd. as possible.

This article was created with pedestrian safety in mind, but I hope drivers who read this realize that they pedestrians, too. As drivers, if we keep that in mind, and as pedestrians if we safely follow street crossing guidelines, McGuinness Blvd. can be a much safer place for everyone.

How about we rip up the pavement and replace it with sod and turn McGuinness Blvd. into a pedestrian walking mall, with a lane for bikes and emergency vehicles?

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More Nassau Ave Insanity – New Traffic Pattern

Via Greenpoint Gazette, traffic on Nassau will be running eastbound beginning Monday July 23rd. If my brain compass is working that means the opposite direction of how it is running now. I hope not to see anymore almost head on collisions.

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SUNDAY SNAPS: GREENPOINT TRUCKS

I like trucks. I like to be high up off the ground when I drive. I wish I had a huge garage where I could park all of these bad ass trucks. This is part of an ongoing “Auto Series” I am photographing with my iphone around the neighborhood. Make sure to keep up with Greenpointers on Flickr and Instagram.
Greenpoint Car Series
Greenpoint Car Series
Greenpoint Car Series
Greenpoint Car Series
Greenpoint Car Series

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