If you live in Flatbush, Midwood or Ditmas Park, be sure to look both ways before crossing the street. According to Gothamist, a recent study done by Transportation Alternatives noted that Brooklyn’s Community District 14 was the most dangerous in the entire borough for residents to walk around, and the third-most dangerous in all of New York City. Transportation Alternatives recorded 3,920 crashes involving cars and pedestrians in CD 14 between 1995 and 2009, narrowly edging out CD 17 (East Flatbush/Farragut/Rugby) as the most hazardous in Brooklyn.
Overall, CD 14 had nothing on Manhattan’s Midtown district, which recorded a whopping 8,604 crashes over that same period of time, which, as Gothamist notes, averages out to one pedestrian being hit every single day for the last 15 years. Queens CD 12 (Hollis/St. Albans/Jamaica) came in second with 4,741 crashes, followed by Brooklyn’s CD 14, the Bronx’ CD 4 (Concourse/Highbridge/Mt. Eden) and Staten Island’s CD 1 (North Shore).
Residents of Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Coney Island, meanwhile, can rest a bit easier than their borough neighbors. Their CD was the fourth-safest in the city, with just 1,689 crashes between 1995 and 2009. The overall safest CD in the city? The Bronx’ CD 8 (Riverdale, Fieldston, Kingsbridge), which had just 788 crashes over the last 15 years.