Boulevard of No Deaths: Zero Fatalities on Queens Boulevard in 925 Days, City Says
The city says Queens Boulevard's moniker as the "boulevard of death" is no longer accurate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says there have been no deaths on the thoroughfare in 925 days, which includes all of 2015 or 2016.
Fatality numbers have been low on the boulevard in recent years, according to city statistics - there have been more than four deaths in one year only once since 2004 (there were eight in 2013) - but 2015 and 2016 were the first two years there were no fatalities at all (dating back to 1990).
The mayor and city officials say efforts to redesign Queens Boulevard are responsible for the decline in fatalities. The Department of Transportation has completed two phases of a redesign. The city says a third redesign phase, for the section between Eliot Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard, was recently approved by Community Board 6 in Forest Hills.
City Hall says traffic fatalities are down 12 percent across the city in 2017 compared to 2016. The number of pedestrians struck and killed is also down 17 percent.