Thursday, June 4, 2009

Adams Street Brooklyn -- Always Accident Prone?

There have been scores (if not hundreds) of pedestrians and bikers injured or killed in recent times on treacherous Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn. (See here for more on this.)

This isn't a new phenomenon, however. Even before there were autos, the intersection of Adams, Willoughby and Fulton Street could be a dangerous place. Here's part of a story published in the New York Times in 1903:

The falling derrick caused pandemonium. Scores of live wires threatened instant death to terrified pedestrians. When the derrick came into contact with the live trolley wires, it formed a circuit that caused flames to explode across the tops of Downtown Brooklyn buildings, including the Citizen Building.

Amazingly, not one person was killed. See the Times for the full story.

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