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NY1 For You: Fixed Light Allows Flushing Residents to See Their Street Again

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A dark Queens neighborhood had residents worried about their safety and questioning why the city wasn't taking action, but the neighborhood is lit up again after the residents called NY1 For You for help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

After several months of being in the dark, some Flushing residents are relieved that NY1 For You was able to shed some light on their situation.

"We finally got through to the right people, and finally, the light's back on," said resident Ceido Pichardo.

Last month, NY1 For You met with residents upset about a stretch of street that was pitch black because of a broken street light that had been out for months.

"This is a one-way street," Pichardo said at the time.We've had incidences where people are driving and they drive into the one way street because you can't even see the one-way sign, which is here."

"It's a residential neighborhood," resident Kitt Slatko said at the time. "We have an elderly facility right next door. We have a ton of families who live here with kids, who walk their dogs."

After those in the neighborhood made constant reports and complaints to the city to no avail, they contacted NY1 For You. NY1 For You contacted the Department of Transportation, and after looking into the situation, a spokesman said a new light would be installed at the location.

Now, a month later, a new post and lamp have been installed and light has been returned to the street.

"It's much brighter. We can actually see the street," Slatko said. "It feels a lot safer now."

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