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What's driving you the craziest in the Rivertowns? Let us know!

Whether it's mega-potholes, noisy neighbors, raccoons in your garbage or limited parking at the farmers market, there are things that drive everyone a little crazy.

What's your biggest pet peeve in the Rivertowns? What could be done to change it? Please post your ideas in the comments section below.

Lizzie Hedrick October 21, 2011 at 11:24 AM
As someone that spends a lot of time walking in the Rivertowns, I'm constantly blown away by the number of people who breeze through crosswalks without looking to see if there are pedestrians waiting to cross. I'm not surprised Hastings police issued 12 summonses each day they monitored the crosswalk in front of the school. And just think about how many they'd issue they monitored an intersection AWAY from a school building.
Donna October 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM
big traffic intersection lights seem to be out of sync and there is a lot of time wasted with nobody moving in any direction.
Heron October 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM
People who ride the metro north trains into the city, and try to hog more than one seat on rush hour trains are my biggest pet peeve. They pile their things up on the empty seat and then take their time moving their stuff if you DARE to ask if you can sit there. I have actually seen individuals sit in the middle of a three-seater and put their things on two seats!
EESH October 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM
The Irvington Vol, fire horn. Why do we still need it? It is not 1911 anymore. They say that the bepper is not reliable? How does the Irvington Vol. Ambulance corp receive their calls? To make it worse they blow the horn in cycles of 3 an 4. For example, if the fire is at 65, the horn blows 6,5 6,5 6,5 6,5 for a total of 44 TIMES!!! At 2am it is not the greatest feeling when you have to go to work in 3 hours. No one is against the Volunteer firepersons and the job they do. But there HAS to be another way to contact them. I see Tarrytown is also having the same problem. Help us MR. Mayor!!!
mjb fresh October 21, 2011 at 01:44 PM
people driving cars that match ego sizes, but not driving skills....
Karen Chapman October 21, 2011 at 02:06 PM
My daughter attends the John Cardinal O'Connor School in Irvington (special ed school) and last year she rode an Ardsley Bus Company bus from Hastings to Irvington, along with a little boy with downs syndrome that went to Dows Lane school in Irvington. The Ardsley bus driver CONSTANTLY ran the stop sign at the crosswalk right in front of Hastings High! One time he did it right in front of a police officer standing right by the bus, who banged on the bus and made him stop. He didn't issue a ticket, but my daughter, who has anxiety, reported that the bus driver argued with the cop! I'm sure it was incidents like this that caused Ardsley bus company to lose their contract with Irvington. I'm so glad to hear that Hastings is finally issuing tickets for this. Why do some drivers think that they, their vehicle, and where they are going is so much more important than anyone else, especially schoolchildren?
Karen Chapman October 21, 2011 at 02:06 PM
the big intersection in Dobbs Ferry, it can be a mess!
Karen Chapman October 21, 2011 at 02:08 PM
well said, mjb fresh!
Lynda Lasalandra October 21, 2011 at 02:40 PM
People who drive through quiet bedroom communities like they are on the Indy 500 speedway. Where are they going in such a rush and do they know there are children and people out in the streets.
Karen Chapman October 21, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Lynda - Washington Ave in Hastings! OMG we call it The Hastings Speedway. It's narrow, and steep, and people zoom down the middle like they're the only car on the road, nevermind the pedestrians. we used to live on Washington and drivers would honk and zoom around the school bus, stopped with the flashing lights, picking up our kids!
JAD October 21, 2011 at 08:23 PM
On a positive note, I commend Ardsley drivers. 99.9% of the time they stop and let you cross on Ashford (the crosswalk near the hardware store).
Josh Semendoff October 22, 2011 at 12:09 AM
I live directly across from the horn and "feel the pain" but it does have its nostalgia.


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