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GB Resident is The Voice of the Crosswalks

Dennis Ferrara of Brooklyn, a Transportation Department employee, and Gerritsen Beach resident, provides the authentic New York voice for many “accessible pedestrian signals” aiding the visually impaired.

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20 comments to GB Resident is The Voice of the Crosswalks

  • Anonymous

    I’d be too tempted to put in one that comes up randomly. “Do you feel lucky, go ahead, cross that street if you think you can make it.”

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. That spells crosswalk.

  • You Know I'm Right

    First, we rename the Triborough Bridge, which cost about 5 million. Second, they want to change all the street signs because All Caps are unreadable, which was also going to be millions of dollars. And now they have created crosswalks that say when it’s safe to walk for the visually impaired during a recession. It’s all well and good that we have the technology to create something as progressive as this, but I don’t think that there are that many blind people walking around to justify this. Seriously.

    • Anonymous

      Hey asshole! How many blind people are needed to justify safety? One is all that’s needed! Would you also argue that ramps, wheelchair accessible bathrooms and elevators are not needed because there are not enough people in wheelchairs? How about we put an end to closed caption because there are not enough deaf people. One terrible accident is all it would take to render you deaf, blind or wheechair bound, then you would be singing a different tune!

  • Anonymous

    Can you say Lottery Winner??? The machine tells someone the walk sign is on to cross Broadway (or whatever other street it maybe) you proceed to cross Broadway and here comes someone around the corner turns onto Broadway and hits the person who was crossing Broadway, because remember a City machine told them to.
    What a dumb idea… There is absolutely no way a machine can foresee or predict if it is safe to cross a street. Let me or one of my love ones get hit by a car or a bike at one of these intersections I’ll be interviewing lawyers to make me rich

    • anonymous

      The driver of the car turning would be responsible for hitting the person in the crosswalk.You would have no case.

    • Anonymous

      Even at an intersection with just lights, when the light turns green and I start to cross the street the driver making the turn into the intersection would have to stop and give me the right of way. Same holds true for an intersection with a machine that tells me it’s safe to cross. Either way, if he hits me he is liable. And if it was Broadway, he could possibly hit 100 people.

    • Anonymous

      Neither can a green light for that matter. The machine would only tell a blind person it’s safe to cross once the light turns green. And like any other pedestrian would have the right of way.

      • Anonymous

        Having the right of way doesn’t help you much when you’re lying on asphalt with a car on top of you.

        • Anonymous

          @ Anonymous

          That can happen in any intersection on any given day, that’s why we as pedestrians need to pay attention too! One careless or drunk driver will most likely hit you. Remember what happened to Jun.

  • Anonymous

    Did anyone stop and think that other countries that America is supposed to be “better” and “more advanced” than have crosswalks that are accessible. For example, in Australia, they have ones that beep slow when “don’t walk” and fast when it’s time to walk across. It makes things safer, and isn’t that what is most important? The city can spend thousands on unnecessary things, but we can’t find the money to make the streets of Manhattan safer?

  • Beachwalker

    I think that it’s great that we try and help the disabled navigate the city. I’m sure that these are set up around areas with a high concentration of visually impaired people i.e around schools and foundations for the blind. Congratulations to Dennis for being “the voice”. The quintessential New York voice, awesome!

  • anonn

    I recognized the voice……”you want that with mayo, salt and peppa right?” right.

  • Irish Kevin

    I sold my House in the Beach ,i now am an Ex Beacher I am sure at least one of you will be happy !

  • Irish Kevin

    I repeat Frustrated.!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow Great job Dennis!! Modern technology for disabled people is always a good thing! Keep up the great work.

  • Anonymous

    I thought it was because he’s a dick.