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Safety first (First Place, that is)!

The Brooklyn Paper

Here she is, Smith Street pedestrians — your new crossing guard.

Veteran traffic-stopper Diana Williams has been reassigned to the block between First and Second places to handle an increase in pedestrian traffic since the closing of the southern exit to the F train’s Carroll Street station.

OK, maybe a new crossing guard isn’t a big deal to you, but it was to state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D–Brooklyn Heights), who got Williams assigned to the block.

“Our office actually received complaints ever since the subway exit closed because there’s now more children exiting on the east side of Smith Street who need to cross over — and there’s no traffic light or crosswalk on the block,” said Squadron.

The freshman senator credited the 76th Precinct for moving quickly to fix the problem.

Last Monday, Squadron joined Williams on her first day on the job — and said she’s the real deal.

“She is excited by the constant flow and how needed she is,” he said. “She had crisp white gloves and used both of them.”

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tom from Carroll Gardens says:
Not only this crossing is dangerous. Parents dropping/picking up their kids at Hannash Senesh Community Day School are double parking and create traffic jam. These people do not care about the neighborhood.
Dec. 10, 2009, 11:11 am
MRK from Carroll Gardens says:
the problem is all the drivers who come barreling up Smith St, having just exited the BQE and are now looking for free parking so they can take the subway to Manhattan. Couple that with street cleaning rules that forbid parking in the morning and you have drivers passing on the right, not yielding to pedestrians, and otherwise behaving badly. If Smith Street was narrowed to one lane between 3rd St and 1st Place it would solve a lot of problems. Sure there would be more honking, but let the drivers from PA take the bus.
Dec. 10, 2009, 1:14 pm
MKR from Garden Carroll says:
I always feel safe when white gloved hands are wrapped around me. Saftey firts, pleasure second.
Dec. 11, 2009, 3:41 am
MKR from Garden Caroll says:
is that a real traffic guard, or is it a toad? In the second photo I must say, I am not entirely sure.
Dec. 17, 2009, 10:32 am
MKR from Garden Carroll says:
Baby, why you no call me?
Call me baby.
Give me love, wont to be luved ma babuh!
Dec. 18, 2009, 8:06 am

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