For an NYPD Crossing Guard: Forty Years, Same Corner

“She’s a neighborhood institution,” said one Harlem resident of Estelle Davis, a longtime crossing guard. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

With a blast of her whistle, Estelle Davis raised a white-gloved hand and held back a column of oncoming cars bearing down on a group of schoolchildren ambling across the street.

“Come on, baby,” she said, ushering a straggler through the rush-hour traffic.

Ms. Davis has been a New York City Police Department crossing guard at the same location — the southwest corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 145th Street in Harlem — for more than 40 years.

Ms. Davis oversees her crosswalks on weekdays during the school year. She meticulously records her three shifts a day — morning, lunchtime and afternoon — in a leather-bound log book that is as much a part of her uniform as her yellow safety vest, white gloves and cap.

She is one of the most senior of the roughly 2,400 crossing guards that help pedestrians navigate New York City intersections, primarily around schools.

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