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Queens Blvd. at 67th Ave
Looking South
Photo Gallery: Queens Blvd

Death Blvd

Sofia Leviyev's memorial appeals to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike to be careful.


a pedestrian was killed crossing here3We look south across Queens Blvd, where Sofia Leviyev, a mere 14, met a tragic end to her life on earth. Sign after sign, of styles ranging from the quiet, subtle and traditional, to the screaming, tactless and even hysterical, are thrown up on every conceivable open spot available on lampposts, traffic light stanchions and utility poles along Queens Blvd., imploring folks to cross with care, and occasionally to not cross at all. No sign, however, can have more of an affect, at least on those area residents and regulars who know what happened here, than the flowery expressions of grief and mourning tied to the lamppost on the westbound median island here. A fire truck passes by, probably headed for the stationhouse a block past Ascan Avenue, a little over a mile to the east. Emergency personnel stationed to this area must be heartily sick of this road by now.
For the time being, in late February of 2001, the city has taken extraordinary measures to prevent further tragedies at the hardest hit intersections. Here, they've provided crossing guards to escort the elderly, the young and the otherwise skittish, across the great divide. The location of the CVS drugstore here is probably a great source of consternation to both the DOT and the police, for it ensures a steady stream of the area's most vulnerable, the elderly, across this spot heading to and from their pharmacist, not to mention kids for whom the drug chain is a convenience/candy store. Even well before the CVS and the killings, this corner always had a drugstore, a small family run operation called Forest Hills Drugs. My mother used them for all our prescriptions when we were kids. I remember they used to deliver. Does CVS deliver?

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.