I received the following info and picture about 69-53 184 Street in Hollis and wanted to bring it to your attention:
"The fence around the construction at 69-53 184 Street was slightly open and I noticed that the steps come out to the sidewalk !! There is also a stairway from the front of the building into the basement, well constructed and the likelihood of a separate entrance. Is it legal for the steps to be abutting the sidewalk?"
Not completely sure, although I have seen them on many houses, both old and new. Here's a shot of 35th Avenue and 214th Street in Bayside, showing a lack of sidewalk and at the bottom left corner of the shot, you can see a set of steps going right down to the street from an older house.