NYC Mulling a Traffic Light at Entrance to 18th Avenue Park


The New York City transportation commissioner said she is considering installing a traffic light at 18th Avenue and 56th Street, in front of the 18th Avenue Park.

Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told Councilman David Greenfield at a Council hearing last week that the city is looking into it. Heavy traffic in the area makes the intersection a potentially dangerous one for pedestrians, the Brooklyn Democrat said, and especially for children.

The park is a popular gathering spot for local children and families, frequently drawing hundreds of people per day in the spring and summer months. There are no stoplights between 55th Street and 58th Street, meaning cars are often traveling at higher speeds.

“This intersection is an accident waiting to happen,” Greenfield said. “I asked for a stoplight at this intersection over a year ago. I field calls on a weekly basis from parents and neighbors who are worried about the danger to their children.”