DNAinfo New York: Residents Want Safer Access to the Waterfront at E. 96th Street

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Vaccaro & White Lawyer speaks out in favor of pedestrian safety improvements near the East Side waterfront.

UPPER EAST SIDE — As the Bloomberg administration encourages New Yorkers to embrace the waterfront, residents on the Upper East Side want improvements made to their stretch of the East River esplanade.

Several community groups are mounting an effort to get new pedestrian crossing signals, clearly-painted crosswalks, protective bollards at curbs where a lot of cars turn and signs at the crossing and at First Avenue letting people know about the Esplanade’s entrance.

“People don’t know how to cross there,” said Steve Vaccaro, who chairs Transportation Alternatives East Side Committee. “They look and guess if it’s going to be safe and just run across.

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