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5 of the most dangerous intersections in New York City

For pedestrians in New York City, it can sometimes seem like a life-threatening hazard is at every turn in the densely trafficked streets.

Whether it’s in the Bronx or Brooklyn, there are just too many people and vehicles crossing paths on the same streets. Someone is bound to get hurt or killed.

The city has been pushing to eliminate all deaths caused by traffic cashes, what it terms “Vision Zero,” and as part of that effort issued a series of plans last week for each borough that identify hazardous streets and make recommendations for fixing them.

Transit advocates said the plans are a good starting point for redesigning streets but called for a timeline and funding for tackling the deadliest corridors.

“We know that most fatalities and serious injuries happen on a small percentage of our city’s streets,” said Alana Miller, a policy manager for Transportation Alternatives. “We should start redesigning arterial streets with proven safety improvements, like protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety islands and dedicated bus lanes.”

Here are five of the most dangerous intersections in the city identified by the Department of Transportation.

East 170th Street and Grand Concourse, Bronx

More people are killed overnight walking the streets
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More people are killed overnight walking the streets in the Bronx than in any other place in the city, the DOT says.

One of the worst intersections for pedestrians is East 170th Street and Grand Concourse, where people are forced to cross multiple lanes in heavy traffic. Between 2009 and 2013, seven people were seriously injured and one person killed at the crossroads.

West 40th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan

Though pedestrian fatalities in Manhattan have decreased 60%
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Though pedestrian fatalities in Manhattan have decreased 60% over the past decade, the DOT says, the densely populated and heavily trafficked borough still demands caution from drivers and people on foot.

The intersections of West 40th Street and Eighth Avenue and the Manhattan Bridge approach at Bowery and Canal were particularly perilous. Five pedestrians were seriously injured and one killed at each of the locations, the DOT says.

Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Each year, an average of 45 pedestrians are
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Each year, an average of 45 pedestrians are killed in Brooklyn, the DOT says, making it the deadliest borough to be on foot on the streets. Most pedestrians are struck and killed on local streets

The most hazardous intersection is at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, where six people were seriously injured by cars and two killed between 2009 and 2013, the DOT said.

27th Street and Queens Plaza, Queens

Serious crashes seem to happen most along the
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Serious crashes seem to happen most along the heavily-trafficked corridors under the elevated tracks in Queens, according to the city.

One of the most treacherous intersections in the borough was 27th Street and Queens Plaza South, according to the DOT. Six people were seriously injured, including one fatally, between 2009 and 2013, the DOT said.

And it makes sense why the crossing is risky: Pedestrians crossing at 27th Street across Queens Plaza South to the other side of the street need to navigate multiple lanes, and pass under an elevated subway track.

Hylan Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, Staten Island

Staten Island may be the safest borough in
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Staten Island may be the safest borough in the city for pedestrians, with a rate of 1.4 fatalities per 100,000 residents. But it's not without it's perilous intersections.

The worst of these, according to the DOT, is at Hylan Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, where four pedestrians were seriously injured between 2009 and 2013.

Transportation Alternatives has called for a redesign of Hylan Boulevard, which is known to be dangerous. The corridor is heavy with truck and vehicle traffic.

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