One of Gothamist's resolutions for 2005 is to try to be a little less impatient and jaywalk less at the very busy intersections (that close call at 72nd Street and Broadway did it), so we were interested in the Daily News' story about how traffic deaths has been very low this year. In fact, the article was part history lesson:
Only 286 people have been killed in traffic accidents this year, putting the city on pace to break the record low of 332 deaths set in 1910 - when horse-drawn carriages and trolleys were more common than cars.
The NYPD credits better traffic enforcement as well as the use of software that tracks streets where problems are. And that's all well and good, but Gothamist wants to point out Transportation Alternatives' list of the most dangerous intersections in New York; the list is broken down by borough and has comprehensive maps of the dangerous intersections with number of fatalities (Queens Boulevard has a few intersections listed).
Here's the Department of Transportation's safety tips, plus Gothamist on Queens Boulevard, aka The Boulevard of Death, and a pedestrian death at 6th Avenue and 23rd Street. Also in 1910: The women's baseball team, the New York Bloomers, was formed.