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NYC's 12 most dangerous neighborhoods for pedestrians

New York City pedestrians are three times as likely to be injured in some neighborhoods than others, according to a recent study.

Localize.city looked at data from every intersection in New York City between 2013 and 2017 to determine which neighborhoods had the worst record for crashes involving pedestrians. They published a list of the dozen neighborhoods so renters and buyers can have an idea about the safety of their new neighborhoods.

The study showed that most crashes occurred near bridges and elevated tracks where blocked sight lines are more common and where streets, tracks, sidewalks and bike lanes converge.

Here are the neighborhoods:


  • Williamsburg at Lee Avenue and North Seventh/Metropolitan Avenue from Berry Street and Bushwick Avenue: 704 pedestrians injured
  • Downtown Brooklyn at Atlantic Avenue and Willoughby Street from Boerum Place and Bond Street: 492 pedestrians injured
  • Crown Heights/Bedford-Stuyvesant at Pacific Street and Fulton Street from Bedford Avenue to Brooklyn Avenue: 421 pedestrians injured

The Bronx

  • Fordham/University Heights at Aqueduct Avenue and Ryer Avenue from West Fordham Road and West Tremont Avenue: 891 pedestrians injured


  • Lower East Side/Little Italy/Soho at Spring Street and Grand Street from Broadway and Forsyth Street: 826 pedestrians injured


  • Corona at 35th Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue from 94th Street and 108th Street: 455 pedestrians injured
  • Jackson Heights at 37th Avenue and Broadway from 76th Street and 84th Street/Whitney Avenue: 499 pedestrians injured
  • Flushing at College Point Avenue and Parsons Boulevard from 37th Avenue and Franklin Avenue: 571 pedestrians injured
  • Ridgewood at Woodward Avenue and Myrtle Avenue from Grove Street and Forest Avenue: 237 pedestrians injured
  • Jamaica at 89th Avenue and 90th Avenue from 164th Street and 168th Place: 351 pedestrians injured

Staten Island

  • St. George/Tompkinsville at Jersey Street and Bay Street from Victory Boulevard and Fort Place/Taft Avenue: 123 pedestrians injured
  • Stapleton at Bay Street and Van Duzer Street from Wright Street and Tompkins Street: 71 pedestrians injured

A 2017 study on pedestrian fatalities by the NYC Department of Health found that between 2012 and 2017, pedestrians older than 65 had the highest fatality rate, while the elderly and children were most likely to be killed in an accident within 10 blocks of their homes.

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