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NY1 For You: City Takes Steps Toward Making Dangerous Queens Intersection Safer

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Following concerns from Queens residents about a dangerous intersection in their neighborhood, the city is beginning to take action towards make the crossing safer. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

Residents say the corner of 77th Avenue and 88th Street in Queens is a tricky intersection, where a blind corner, racing cars and a sidewalk covered by overgrowth leaves little room for error.

"There are no yield signs, there are no traffic lights, the visibility is so bad," says resident Steven Dascoli.

"I see every morning kids that they go to school, coming from school, and it's very dangerous," says resident Ines Dascoli.

"I want to see them fix the sidewalk, so when parents walk their children, they don't have to worry about going into the street and getting hit by the oncoming traffic," says another resident.

After residents called in, NY1 contacted the Department of Sanitation and a spokeswoman said the Department will make every effort to clean the area, once surplus personnel in the area is available.

NY1 then contacted the Department of Transportation, and a spokesman said the agency inspected the location, and while all proper signage is in place, the agency is reviewing additional measures to maintain the area.

After NY1's story aired, the DOS cleared the overgrowth, allowing pedestrians to pass through on the sidewalk.

As for the dangerous curve, residents are still waiting for the city to take action.

NY1 for You will keep you updated.

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