Hoping to avoid tragedy before it strikes, Howard Beach residents and their elected officials are banding together to demand that the city make the “Lindenwood Triangle” a safer place for drivers and pedestrians alike.
The confluence of 88th Street, 153rd Avenue and 155th Avenue has been a common site for accidents for years, according to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato. While the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) restricted parking and vehicle standing in the area, she noted, the triangle is still marred with “poor visibility and confusing signage” — conditions which require that something more substantial be done.
To that end, Amato along with State Senator Joe Addabbo, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and representatives of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association met last week with DOT officials about ways to make Lindenwood Triangle safer.
“This intersection has been identified by the civic association and other residents as a menace,” Amato said. “It’s a clear project for the DOT to move forward on, and we’re calling for an end to the foot-dragging right now.”
“The Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association and our business owners are so happy we have such support from elected officials in our district,” added Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association. “Without their help, we realize that none of the current or future improvements could happen, and we appreciate their steadfast work on this issue.”
A DOT spokesperson told QNS that the agency is “currently studying the intersection for additional safety measures.” Once the review is complete, the DOT will share the results with the elected officials as well as Community Board 10.