A high-traffic intersection near the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges is the most crash-prone site in the city, a new analysis shows.
Baruch College mathematics student Aleksey Bilogur looked at the more than 700,000 car crashes in the city's vehicle collision database and mapped out the most dangerous spots.
He found that the Brooklyn intersection, which routes cars to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and serves as an off-ramp to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, tops the list with an average of 180 crashes a year since 2012.
Residents in Downtown Brooklyn have long complained that traffic on the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan bridge is dangerous and Bilogur says the design of the Brooklyn intersection is particularly problematic.
"If you look at the architecture, the Brooklyn side dumps everyone in front of the bridge and they have to figure out how to get around," said Bilogur, who mapped out 25 of the most dangerous intersections on his blog.
Manhattan is well-represented on the list. The intersection of 2nd Avenue and East 59th Street is the second-most crash-prone site in the city, and a two-block stretch on West 42nd Street from 8th and 9th Avenues is home to the 3rd and 9th most dangerous.