Extending the corner into the street, traditionally the size of one parking space, is also called a “neckdown”. Neckdowns greatly enhance pedestrian safety as they shorten the crossing distance between curbs and place pedestrians in better view for motorists than standard sidewalks.
The locations of the three new neckdowns are:
· West End Avenue and W.75th St, NW corner
· Amsterdam Avenue and W.66th Street, SW corner
· Central Park West and W.72nd Street, NW corner
And more to come.
There are currently 13 locations on the Upper West Side submitted for funding by NYCDOT for installation at a later time.
These locations are (sidewalk extensions on both sides of the street are listed twice):
1. Central Park West and W. 62nd Street
2. Central Park West and W. 65th Street
3. Central Park West and W. 72nd Street
4. Central Park West and W. 79th Street
5. Central Park West and W. 79th Street
6. Central Park West and W. 81st Street
7. Central Park West and W. 81st Street
8. Broadway and W. 65th Street
9. Broadway and W. 65th Street
10. Broadway and W. 71st Street
11. Broadway and W. 79th Street
12. Amsterdam Avenue and W. 79th Streett
13. Amsterdam Avenue and W. 79th Street
Sidewalk extensions and pedestrian ramps can be significant capital expenses based on the current location of drainage grates and utilities, and the materials used in the sidewalk.