Eyes on the Street

Jim Holt asks:

What percentage of the ambulances that blare their sirens to go through red lights are actually carrying patients? Less than 50 percent based on my observations of ambulances arriving at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Greenwich Village. And in no case have I seen the ambulance driver behave with any urgency in getting a patient out of the vehicle and into the hospital upon arrival. So is there any point to the ambulance sirens that are always deafening pedestrians and pulling down the quality of New York street life?

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Eyes on the Street: Park Slope Pedestrian Struck by Ambulance

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Photos: Ed Ravin Reader Ed Ravin sent in these photos of a collision between an ambulance driver and a pedestrian in Park Slope, which happened around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. He writes: According to another bicyclist watching the aftermath, a Long Island College Hospital ambulance, with its lights flashing but sirens off, struck a pedestrian […]

NYPD Amps Up Street Noise With the “Rumbler”

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As if constant engine noise, gratuitous horn honking, booming stereos and screeching car alarms weren’t enough of a collective imposition on millions of New Yorkers, NYPD is about to escalate the street-level aural arms race with the "Rumbler," a souped-up siren designed primarily to pierce the cocoon of obliviousness enshrouding city motorists. Expected to be […]