Apartment living might not be the norm in New York City, but it is certainly big business. One of the largest players in the market is the New York City Housing Authority. By its own information, NYCHA shelters 1 in 14 New Yorkers in its public housing. A lot of them are families living in large apartment complexes.
Just days ago, New York suffered through one severe nor'easter. The storm called Riley knocked down trees and took out power to tens of thousands of across the region. It also claimed at least one life, officials say. Riley cleanup is incomplete and now comes another onslaught in the form of Winter Storm Quinn.
Some may say that the only things that soar higher in New York City than its skyscrapers are the rental prices its real estate market commands. As space is always in high demand, so are its prices -- one-bedroom apartments typically fetch around $3,000 per month on average. When a property owner fails to properly maintain these apartments, tenants may have legal recourse.
Every year, thousands of people suffer injuries due to dangerous conditions on the properties of others in New York. Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries that may lead to the need for long-term medical treatment. If the accident occurred due to the negligence of the property owner, recovery of damages might be pursued.
Residents of a New York apartment building are at odds over recent renovations. The massive construction project has been going on for the better part of a year since its owner, the Brodsky Organization, assumed new leadership. While some applaud the changes in store, others feel the construction itself is creating more of a hazard than original condition of the building. They are accusing the new management of failing to maintain safe conditions.
Any New York City cyclist who either commutes to work or merely uses a bicycle as a means of transportation, pleasure, or exercise will most likely admit that riding a bicycle in one of the largest cities in the world can be a bit harrowing. With large amounts of traffic and pedestrians popping out of nowhere, it takes great skill to bike in New York, but most bikers stay safe. When a bicycle accident does occur, though, serious injury or death sometimes occurs.
The ongoing lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, MI has raised many troubling questions and resulted in residents throughout the U.S. to also question their own safety when it comes to exposure to lead-laden materials. When it comes to lead exposure and poisoning in New York City, older buildings that contain lead-based paint pose a significant hazard to residents.
Last year, the New York Daily Post published an article about the rising costs of day care in New York City. During 2015, parents in the city could expect to pay an average of $16,250 per child for day care and "the cost of childcare overall is increasing by $1,612." The basic economic principle of supply and demand is contributing to the rising costs of day care in the city as many working parents are desperate to find a space for an infant or toddler close to where they live or work.
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.
Earlier this week, a fire broke out in the early evening hours at an apartment building in Brooklyn's East Flatbush neighborhood. According to eyewitness reports, several building residents were seen outside the burning building as firefighters rescued trapped tenants and attempted to put out the blaze.