Busy Corner Deli watches Flushing and Classon crashes

Crash course! W’burg corner is collision central

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It’s a busy corner all right.

A minivan and a sedan slammed into each other on Monday afternoon at Flushing and Classon avenues where a Brooklyn-Queens Expressway exit ramp crosses a truck- and bicycle-route. The intersection sees nearly one crash every two weeks, according to city data, and the workers at the aptly named Busy Corner deli, which sits on the Williamsburg corner, have a front-row view of all the mayhem. One said that the rate of collisions is even higher than police reports indicate.

“There’s an accident here like every week,” said Jimmy Lou, who works in the deli and said the 1:30 pm Monday crash was the second of the day. “It’s definitely dangerous.”

The latter smash-up sent the sedan careening onto a sidewalk and snarled car and bike traffic.

Fire and police officials said they had no record of the earlier crash.

The crossroads saw 23 collisions in 2013, according to NYPD data compiled by the website New York City Crashmapper.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Brooklynite from Brooklyn says:
Good thing the NYPD is out here all the time ticketing cyclists.
June 2, 2014, 9:44 pm
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Savage drivers in the city need to be taken off the roads.
June 3, 2014, 8:04 am
Wordsmith from Brooklyn says:
With the way these homicidal morons drive in New York City, it may be time to rename the business Busy Coroner Deli.
June 3, 2014, 1:23 pm
donna from greenpoint says:
Drivers and cyclists both suck. Try being a pedestrian! Crossing with the light means nothing. Cars whip around corners and bikes run the lights. You have to look 15 ways while crossing the street and you still have to run to get to the sidewalk!
June 3, 2014, 5:12 pm
Tal Barzilai from Peasantville, NY says:
Must have been that cyclist's fault. She's getting in the the way of our right to drive at whatever speed we feel is safe.
June 4, 2014, 6:58 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I just had a busy week especially with having to march in the Salute to Israel Parade on Sunday, which would have been nice if any of you attended. Anyway, I still think that the only reason why this intersection feels dangerous is because the number of pedestrians and cyclists continue to flout the laws and place themselves into harm's way. They have to learn to play their part in safety as well, and this wouldn't be a dangerous intersection at all. Before you start telling others what to do, start with yourselves first and practice what you preach, otherwise you have no moral legitimacy to what you are saying. On a side note, I won't be surprised if it was NYPD who impersonated me.
June 4, 2014, 5:57 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, Tal. John Wasserman. How do you stand for these personal attacks, if you don't mind my asking?
June 5, 2014, 2:41 pm
Ryan from Cobble Hill says:
Tal, you are becoming a parody of yourself. I know that it feels cool to be so big a jerk that now at least a hundred people have heard of you, but I hope you find a new hobby. Maybe take up cycling? I hear Pleasantdale has some nice trails.
June 12, 2014, 6:29 pm

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