Hookers to get red light

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A new traffic light will be installed at a Red Hook intersection where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a van earlier this year, Department of Transportation officials said this week.

And already, residents are clamoring for another.

“People use Van Brunt Street like a drag race,” said Tina Luongo, a resident of the gentrifying neighborhood. “The streets have gotten crazy.”

The DOT decided to install the light at the intersection of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets, near PS 15, after monitoring traffic on the two way corridor all summer.

Red Hook residents began pleading with the city to install the light after the Fairway grocery store started causing traffic after its May opening, and the subsequent death of Janett Ramos in July.

“I can’t wait for the light,” said crossing guard Dominga Hernandez. “I put my hand up to stop the traffic and the cars pass behind my back.”

The light should be installed by January, the DOT said this week.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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