Two pedestrian safety islands installed less than a year ago on Eastern Parkway are slated to be removed by the city in order to accommodate ‘floats’ for the upcoming West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights.
“It compromises the safety of the people. It’s not good,” fumed Debora Goldstein, 40, told the New York Post. “The parade is one day out of the year. The main thing is the pedestrians, the kids and the schoolchildren.”
The pedestrian island were installed less then a year ago a the intersections of Kingston and Brooklyn Avenues along Eastern Parkway in response to requests by residents after a number of crashes which resulted in serious injuries to pedestrians.
But parade officials convinced the city to remove the medians so that bulky floats and wide-load trucks can navigate the roadway, a high-ranking police source told The Post.
A Department of Transportation spokesman confirmed that the agency and NYPD will remove the two medians “due to safety concerns involving parade participants.”
“We are looking at potential replacement treatments in the area and for the long term,” said DOT spokesman Scott Gastel, who refused to address questions about the cost of installation — and removal — of the barriers.