NYPD Precincts Organize Funeral for Crossing Guard Who Served for 45 Years | DNAinfo

By Lindsay Armstrong

174th Broadway Crossing Guard - Washington Heights

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Broadway and West 174th Street was Peggy Cain’s post and she took her job there seriously.

She worked as a crossing guard at that corner for 45 years, ushering generations of school children across the street before she retired in 2014.

“She felt like if she wasn’t there, the kids couldn’t cross safely,” said NYPD Officer Elise Taitt, of the 33rd Precinct. “She made it her business to be there every day, no matter what.”

Cain died last month at the age of 74. Because she had no immediate family, her “work family” at the 34th and 33rd Precincts, as well as friends of Cain’s from the community, raised money to give her a proper funeral and burial.

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The Light At The End of the Tunnel

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

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Art has a way of transforming things. Old things. Things that are long overdue, practically begging, for transformation. Things such as Tunnel Street. Yes, that is the actual name of the three blocks long pedestrian tunnel that connects Broadway with the No. 1 train station at 191st Street. A train station, might I add, that is 18 stories down from St. Nicholas Avenue. An article published in the NY Times on March 9th, 1913 billed the tunnel as the “world’s first tunnel street.”

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What ever it is, a tunnel or a street or both, it has seen better days. As a kid coming up in Washington heights in the late 80’s and early 90’s, the tunnel was a forbidding and downright despicable place. It was riddled with trash, crack vials, spent shells and was rat infested. In the summer, the walls would quite literally ooze dirty water. On top of being disgusting, the tunnel was also quite dangerous. In 1990 the 191st Street station was at the very top of the list of reported subway crimes, coming in 410th out of 469 stations.

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