For Children, Most Dangerous Intersections Are Near Housing Projects

Monuments to Robert MosesJoel Raskin

Less than a week after 12-year-old Dashane Santana was killed crossing Delancey Street, a new report finds that intersections near public housing complexes are by far the most dangerous for children.

In the East Village, Lower East Side and Chinatown, “a person struck by a car is nearly two times more likely to be a child than a crash victim on the Upper East Side,” according to the new report released by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. The data, culled from statistics from the state Division of Motor Vehicles from 1995 to 2009, also highlights intersections on East Houston Street and Delancey Street as high-crash areas.

According to the figures, Ms. Santana, a resident of the Jacob Riis Houses, was disproportionately exposed to dangerous intersections on the east side compared to her peers in other parts of the city.

The report cites several possible reasons that children in economically depressed areas are more likely to be injured crossing the streets than their peers in other parts of the city:

•Disproportionate driver speeding on arterial streets next to public housing.

•Increased mid-block crossing due to the “superblock layout” of public housing.

•The greater density of children in public housing.

“Our kids living in public housing on the Lower East Side, including my own children, deserve safe streets just as much as any other child in the city. The N.Y.P.D. needs to get its priorities straight and crack down on dangerous driving,” said Damaris Reyes, the executive director of Good Old Lower East Side and a resident of the Baruch Houses, in a press release.

The report found that the most dangerous intersection for children is in East Harlem at East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue.