A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 28, 2006
Death Street (Houston Street)
Houston Street in Manhattan has sometimes been called 'Death Street" for bicyclists.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/story/430576p-363009c.html
28 June 2006, New York Daily News, pg. 12:
'Death St.' bike tour
Newser braves perilous hazards of Houston St.

BY RICH SCHAPIRO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER



Tully was issued six Transportation Department violations last weekend for loose or shifted plates, but denied its work was a factor in the death of cyclist Derek Lake, 23, who skidded under a truck Monday on W. Houston St. near LaGuardia Place.

The Daily News sent reporter RICH SCHAPIRO out on a bicycle yesterday to test how hazardous Houston St. has become:

As a truck barreled down on me from behind, I knew I had two options: pedal faster and risk getting crushed against a parked taxi or slow down and wait for the rampaging rig to speed past.

The decision was easy - I braked hard.

Bike riders have little room for error on the downtown boulevard known by some as "Death Street."

Speeding trucks, massive construction sites and severely pockmarked pavement combine to make Houston St. a virtual death trap for cyclists.


Posted by Barry Popik
Streets • (0) Comments • Wednesday, June 28, 2006 • Permalink