This past Christmas Day was one of the coldest New York has seen in a few years. However, it was even colder for some residents living in Harlem.
New York readers know it can be hazardous on the streets of the city. Crime isn't the only concern. Cars and trucks are everywhere, sometimes navigating narrow streets. So are pedestrians. And while the weather might not be currently conducive to biking, cyclists can be found. Wherever the people involved in these activities intersect, there is a risk of injury.
Most individuals spend a good deal of their time on property owned by other people. Though most ventures out of one's own home take place without any unexpected occurrences, some visitors could face injuries if property conditions pose hazards. Failing to maintain safe conditions can often result in parties slipping, tripping or otherwise falling and suffering harm.
A New York City woman has to go down one flight of stairs in order to access a toilet after her landlord removed her plumbing. The 72-year-old Bronx resident lives in what one New York public advocate called one of the worst buildings in New York City, as it received 525 citations for various city housing violations. When New York residents live in such squalor or the property owner is suspected of failing to maintain safe conditions for his or her tenants, that resident may have legal options at their disposal.
New York City has become a winter wonderland as the Weather Channel reports that snowfall totals in Central Park climbed to more than two feet. As snow removal crews work overtime to clear streets and haul away mountains of the fluffy white stuff, city residents were required to have the sidewalks outside their homes shoveled by 11 a.m. yesterday.
In a city like New York City which is full of high rises and skyscrapers, it's difficult to avoid using an elevator. In fact, for many city residents, taking an elevator is likely something they do several times a day. This fact makes the recent tragic elevator accident that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Bronx man all the more shocking and terrifying.
Across New York City, apartment buildings serve as homes to the city's more than eight million permanent residents. Many of these buildings are relatively new or have been renovated to include modern-day conveniences. A recent fatal accident at one luxury high-rise apartment building in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood serves as a tragic reminder of what can happen when a building's owner fails to repair and properly maintain vital building components.
Whether you consider them to be aesthetically pleasing or wrought-iron eyesores, fire escapes are part of New York City's history. In response to the fire-related deaths of hundreds of tenants and workers, during the early 1900s the city mandated the inclusion of fire escapes. While the metal appendages were meant to be used as an escape route for residents and workers who were trapped by fire, they were more likely to be used for extra storage, outdoor gardens and a place to get away.
New York Residents are accustomed to living in close quarters and relying on landlords, neighbors, business owners and city agencies to maintain and repair buildings and properties. In cases where a property owner or responsible party fails to repair a broken elevator, provide adequate security or maintain a slippery sidewalk; painful and debilitating injuries may result.
Recently, a building in New York's East Village exploded, killing two and injuring dozens. Although investigations are still ongoing, authorities suspect that the cause of the accident resulted from an improperly tapped gas line. The proper gas and plumbing permits were not obtained for work to be done on that building, nor is it clear who was working on the gas lines at the time of the accident. However, Con Edison had been inspecting the building an hour prior to the explosion and found that the meter service was not ready for gas hook up. The general contractor who had been working on the building at the time of the explosion had recently been charged by the Manhattan DA's office with attempting to bribe a Building Inspector for violations on other properties he owned. In addition to the tragic deaths and injuries caused by the explosion, three buildings were reduced to rubble and 140 apartments were vacated due to safety concerns.