2011-02-04 / Letters

Dangerous Crossing At The Landing

Dear Editor:

I am writing representing Palmers Landing.

Palmers Landing is the second phase of a six-phase development called Arverne By The Sea. We have 121 homes, some of which border Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

We are very concerned about the traffic on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 73 and Beach 90 Streets.

As you know, it gets wider there than on other stretches of road. It is dangerous. Dollar vans drive reck- lessly and noisily up and down this stretch day and night. Crossing the street is scary. Children cannot possibly cross safely. It is like crossing a raceway with no division of lanes or safety divider. It is a real problem that will only get worse as the area populates. When the Y finally opens on Beach 74 and Rockaway Beach Boulevard we will be desperate for safer streets. Unfortunately as I am writing this, I got a report that a neighbor who lives in Palmers Landing was hit by a car this past weekend while crossing Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Sunday evening January 23, at approximately 6:30 p.m., my neighbor Barbara, a strong woman in her 50s, was walking her two dogs down Rockaway Beach Boulevard. She was planning to cross Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 77 Street. She looked both ways and saw no traffic. As she and the dogs were walking in the middle of Rockaway Beach Boulevard at Beach 77 Street, a car making a legal left turn from Beach 77 Street onto Rockaway Beach Boulevard hit her knocking her down immediately. Along with a nose bleed, the tibia in Barbara’s left leg was shattered requiring extensive surgery, bone grafting and a screw in the knee to keep the leg intact. She is wheelchair bound for the next six months and will need physical therapy afterward. Needless to say, she can not work for the foreseeable future.

The only illumination on Beach 77 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard is one street light from the private development Arverne By The Sea. This light is not intended to illuminate the entire street missing the middle of the street, leaving the area where Barbara was struck dark. There was nowhere for Barbara to run to escape this hit. It appeared that the driver who hit her did not even see her, therefore hitting her full on without slowing down.

This did not need to happen. When are we going to address the problems on Rockaway Beach Boulevard. If it hasn’t been noticed, there are people moving in here. There are people living here. We as a community are advocating for a center median that would slow traffic down, curb the dollar vans and beautify the area. We have been advocating for this for four years.

Community Council 14, the DOT and the politicians must get together before events like last Sunday are a reoccurring theme with a different cast of victims every week on Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

VICTORIA PODGORSKY

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