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Snow removal

Section 16-123 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, mandates a property owners obligations for removal of snow or ice from ones property. http://law.onecle.com/new-york/new-york-city-administrative-code/ADC016-123_16-123.html.  It basically states that a property owner must commence,  with exceptions granted for night,  removal of the condition within 4 hours.

In Garricks v. The City of New York, the City stated, 
" In order to address public safety, traffic and commerce needs, the City claimed that it prioritized municipal snow removal efforts into three phases: main highways and arteries were cleared first, then streets with bus stops and streets that connect residential areas with main roads and, finally, residential streets. Crosswalk cleaning, which involved the manual shoveling of crosswalks,hydrants and bus stops, was generally not undertaken until completion of snow removal from roadways."

I just crossed Queens Boulevard.  The islands in the middle of the Boulevard are not yet cleaned. Queens Boulevard is commonly known as "The Boulevard of Death."  Yet the lights are time at such intervals that it is nearly impossible for the elderly or physically challenged to make it across in one green light cycle.   Now add to that the fact that two days after the snowstorm,  there is still no save haven for people to wait. 

 I can cross underneath via the subway station.  This option is not convenient, nor physically possible for all pedestrians.

I think that the City is right in it's effort to prioritize.  However, it has been two days, the road are clear, it's time to clear the crosswalks.

 

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jellomarx
Mar. 4th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
They slipped and broke bones.
wastingmythyme
Mar. 4th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I know Queens boulevard and have never seen those center islands cleaned. Take heart. Spring is coming. They will be cleaned soon. The natural way.
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