Desolate and uninhabited blocks are strange places to build handicapped-accessible sidewalks - especially when they are soon to be bulldozed.
But that is exactly what the city has done in the Rockaways - and it's not the first time.
Wheelchair-accessible sidewalk corners were installed in May along a 20-block stretch of Edgemere Ave. in the Edgemere neighborhood.
Those barren blocks between Beach 35th and Beach 57th Sts. are part of the Arverne Urban Renewal Area and are slated to be made over as part of the 1,650-unit Arverne East megadevelopment starting next year.
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Edgemere's new curbs - built in ramp-like fashion to allow wheelchair-users unimpeded access from street to sidewalk - connect crumbling and weed-infested sidewalks - or, in many places, no sidewalks at all.
Though few pedestrians walk along the deserted stretch, those who could be found said the new curbs were unnecessary, given the dilapidated state of the sidewalks.