Costly 'trips' on High Line
By JAMES FANELLI and RICH CALDER, NY Post
Money had better grow on trees in the High Line Park, because the city's newest greenway is also its latest liability.
Less than five months old, the elevated promenade has become a major stumbling block. Pedestrians are tripping over raised concrete slabs meant to resemble train rails, and one has even filed a $2 million claim against the city.
Paula Shapiro, 66, said she broke her left ankle during an evening stroll along the path on June 21, two weeks after it opened, according to court papers.
The Gramercy Park resident was 246 feet north of the park's Gansevoort Street entrance when she tripped near a median of trees and flowers surrounded by "raised, uneven, depressed decorative concrete," her claim states.
And while Shapiro is the first pedestrian-turned-plaintiff at the $172 million park, she is not the first to fall, her lawyer said.
"She was told there had been accidents before," Jeffrey Pomerantz told The Post.
to prevent baby carriages from entering the green areas (bikes have been proscribed on the High Line) metal lips have been placed at the edges of the park paths, to divide them from the plantings. Unfortunately, I nearly lost my footing a couple of times on these.
Hey folks, the good news is we'll get to pay a lot more in liability soon since the city is moving to acquire the rest of it!