From The New Shitty Inbox: Fatality on McGuinness Boulevard

December 14, 2009 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


When I received word about this (which comes courtesy of Gothamist’s news map) last night my heart sank. If my memory serves me correctly this makes two fatalities at this intersection this year. Obviously I do not know if the following was a factor (the details are scant) but it has been my observation that the cross walks at this intersection (and a number of others along McGuinness Boulevard) simply do not allow enough time for people to cross —especially in light of how fast motorists drive along this thoroughfare. Thoughts, anyone?

Miss Heather

UPDATE, 12:26 p.m.: I have just gotten word that pedestrian bicyclist (see comments) who was struck was a friend of a New York Shitty reader. Eryana writes:

…you may already know this by now, but yesterday’s fatality on Nassau and McGuinness was a Brooklyn soul DJ who was actually in a friend of mine’s band.


6 Comments on From The New Shitty Inbox: Fatality on McGuinness Boulevard

  1. michellemarye on Mon, 14th Dec 2009 12:24 pm
  2. Hi Miss Heather,

    Not sure if this is the same incident but this is in today’s Post:
    DJ Killed on Bike in Brooklyn –

  3. missheather on Mon, 14th Dec 2009 12:34 pm
  4. That, sadly enough, would be her.

  5. walrustaco on Mon, 14th Dec 2009 5:41 pm
  6. There is actually an article at The Onion AV club about this. Although I am awfully sorry for this poor woman and her family, it iterates the points:

    1) That intersection is especially dangerous for pedestrians and bike riders, and should have a timed light to allow pedestrian flow.

    2) I almost hit another car there when one ran a red light and scared the hell out of me… I had to swerve my car sharp to the left, if there was a pedestrian there, I could have killed someone.

    3) Bike riders in general need to follow the same rules of the road. I see bike riders run red lights and go in the opposite flow of traffic every day.

  7. missheather on Tue, 15th Dec 2009 1:34 am
  8. Here’s what I want to know: was that truck driving down Nassau Avenue or McGuinness? Because if it was on Nassau it was breaking the law. Truck traffic is not allowed on certain streets in Greenpoint. As I understand it, Nassau Avenue is one of them. You see where I am going with this?

    That said, the situation on McGuinness is out of control. The crosswalks do NOT provide adequate time for me, much less senior citizens (who it should be noted constitute a substantial part of the population here), to cross and I have seen vehicles of all manner and variety tear down it like a bat out of hell. This needs to change.

  9. al oof on Tue, 15th Dec 2009 10:13 pm
  10. unfortunately, even when bike riders follow all the rules, they get hit. people driving cars just don’t respect bicyclists, and they break rules just as often, though they are different rules. but the danger in driving a car above the speed limit on mcguinness is much greater than riding a bike the wrong way on driggs. that’s just how it is. bikes -aren’t- cars. it is absurd for the rules to be the same for both.

    and drivers in nyc seem to face -no- consequences when they kill people with their cars. i understand that accidents happen, but there aren’t even investigations of any sort.

  11. missheather on Wed, 16th Dec 2009 2:55 pm
  12. I have received word from no less than two independent sources that this accident occurred on Nassau Avenue. As I mentioned previously, truck traffic is prohibited on Nassau Avenue. Was the driver of this vehicle cited for this traffic violation? I really want to know.

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