The intersection where Hall Street crosses Park Avenue is especially dangerous because drivers tend to speed while driving on Park Avenue. However, Hall Street comes in for its share of the blame for motor vehicle accidents, because drivers get impatient waiting at the stop sign – Park Avenue has no traffic control measures at that intersection.
The accident rate at this intersection has drawn the attention of New York City police. There are an average of four injury causing accidents each year, with countless other accidents involving serious damage to vehicles. At a recent meeting of the Fort Greene Association, Deputy Inspector Anthony Tasso reported to residents that police had recommended that the Department of Transportation investigate installing a traffic light at the intersection. They have also suggested no-parking zones on either side of the intersection to give drivers a better view of oncoming traffic.
Residents report damaged stop signs, vehicles crashing into fences and lampposts, and many near-misses. They are hoping that law enforcement and the DOT will head their warnings about the dangers of this particular intersection.
Source: The Local: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, “Car crash central: Hall Street at Park Avenue”, by Martin Burch, Nov. 25, 2011.