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November 2015 Archives

Annual list names some of New York City's most hazardous buildings and landlords

New York City is home to some of the most expensive and opulent apartments in the world. It's also, unfortunately, home to thousands of apartment buildings that are lacking basic amenities and riddled with serious safety deficiencies. Representing some of the worst living conditions throughout the city are those buildings included on the Public Advocate's Office’s recently released annual Landlord Watch List.

With the rise of app-based startups come questions about liability

Internet and app-based startups are literally changing the world and how people do everything from sell goods to find a ride downtown. While many of these startup companies have traditionally taken the stance that they are simply providing the software and platform to connect customers and service providers, increasingly questions and concerns about the responsibilities and liabilities of these companies are being raised.

Preparing Your Car for Winter Weather

With the winter season on the horizon, many people are beginning to prepare for the snow and ice that comes with it. One of the things to consider when getting ready for winter is how to properly prepare your vehicle for inclement weather to avoid hazards and crashes. Making sure your car is properly tuned up can help ensure safety and prevent accidents.

Landlords of rent-stabilized units fail to make repairs

With space in high-demand, New York City is known for its soaring buildings and rental prices. In March, Bloomberg Business reported that the average New York City one-bedroom apartment now fetches upwards of $3,400 per month while studios, many of which more closely resemble large closets than actual habitable dwellings, run an average of $2,350 per month.

Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Measures

With the winter season upon us, many people are also preparing for skiing and snowboarding season.  Skiing and snowboarding can make a great vacation and is also a great way to stay in shape over the colder months.  However, it is also important to exercise caution on the slopes.  While hitting the slopes is fun, it also carries risks.  Therefore, safety precautions should be taken any time you plan a skiing or snowboarding outing.     

Want to become an elevator mechanic? No experience or training needed

Throughout the state of New York, millions of residents routinely use elevators to get to and from their workplaces and residential dwellings. While most people who use elevators likely don't give much thought to their safety, if not properly inspected and maintained, elevators can malfunction which may result in those inside becoming trapped or worse.

Can a College Be Liable for Injuries Caused by a Fraternity?

On many college campuses, fraternities and sororities are a way of life.  Many students enjoy being part of these organizations for the connections they provide and the parties that are hosted.  However, in a recent tragic case, hazing during a fraternity initiation led to a Baruch student’s death.  Thirty-seven members of the fraternity, as well as the fraternity itself have all been charged with homicide.

Halloween motor vehicle and pedestrian accident leave 3 dead, 3 injured

New York City residents and commuters are well aware of the dangers they face when behind the wheel or in the passenger seat of a motor vehicle. The dangers faced by pedestrians who attempt to safely cross busy streets amid speeding and distracted drivers are also well documented. However, most pedestrians likely believe that they are safe while walking down New York City's sidewalks. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

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