Action Take To Blunt Risks from the Crosswalk to Nowhere

Jack's Back! PSD Chief McManus Scores Immediate Impact

Updated 14 weeks ago David Stone
New signs were installed to steer pedestrians clear of a closed off crosswalk while it was still easy to do so.
New signs were installed to steer pedestrians clear of a closed off crosswalk while it was still easy to do so.
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

We know that communities need leaders. It's a major reason why they continue at all, interdependent and trusting. Good leaders take action on behalf of the common good. That's a hallmark of PSD Chief Jack McManus's tenure here.

Much of the constructive good Chief McManus brings to Roosevelt Island is in small things you may never notice - unless they're not taken care of - obscured behind larger issues like emergency planning and coordinating the NYPD to keep our community safe.

One such small thing is his response to a hazard brought to The Daily's attention by our reader Sylvan Klein. Klein looked out his window one morning and saw that construction on Southtown Building 8 had led to cutting off one end of a crosswalk, leading pedestrians to end up in the street.

Street signs had been put up but were of little use because they were placed where they might not be seen in time and didn't offer reasonable alternatives. Klein thought you and I wouldn't be forced to jaywalk or, at a minimum, be encouraged to do so.

Chief McManus, near returning form medical leave, saw our article on Saturday, mind you, and sent us an email.

"I'll be in this week for a few days and I'll assess the X-Walk," he wrote.

But we didn't have to wait that long.

"I looked at the crosswalk again," he wrote on Sunday. The contractor is responsible, and it's PSD's responsibility to monitor their activities for circumstances such as this where it's patently obvious a problem exists."

Barriers were set up to keep pedestrians from walking into the Crosswalk to Nowhere.
Barriers were set up to keep pedestrians from walking into the Crosswalk to Nowhere.
Photo credit: Rose Klein

By Monday morning, as shown in photos taken by Rose Klein and sent to The Daily at 8:00 a.m., action had already been taken.

A cross guard made sure that things with legs didn't intersect with things with wheels.
A cross guard made sure that things with legs didn't intersect with things with wheels.
Photo credit: Rose Klein

RIOC can make a difference when the right people are in place and willing to take responsibility.

The Daily thanks Rose Klein and Sylvan Klein for contributing to this story.


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