Forest Hills Lawmaker Reacts to Progress on Queens Boulevard
A Forest Hills lawmaker welcomes the news that the so-called "Boulevard of Death" is no longer living up to its name.
City Council woman Karen Koslowitz says she used to be worried about her own children crossing Queens Boulevard so she would tell them to walk through subway entrances underground instead.
On Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio announced that there hasn't been any traffic-related deaths on the street since November of 2014.
In comparison, 24 people were killed along the roadway in 1993 alone. Koslowitz says she's happy to hear Queens Boulevard seems to be safer now.
"It's a dream come true. Why should people have to cross Queens Boulevard and be afraid?" she said.
Starting in June, the Department of Transportation will work on the next phase of safety measures to a stretch of Queens Boulevard through Rego Park and Forest Hills.
It will include bike lanes, more crosswalks and expanded medians.