Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sidewalk police hit the Bronx while DOT neglects Queens
A sidewalk showdown is forming on a picturesque, dead end street in the Bronx. Neighbors received a notice of violation from the NYC Department of Transportation for defective sidewalks because there are no sidewalks. PIX 11's Greg Mocker took a look around.
The city tells Mocker a DOT Inspector was in the area investigating missing curbs when the inspector noticed the missing sidewalks. The area in question is a small stretch of Arlington Avenue at 227th Street. Neighbors say their houses, built more than 60 years ago, never had sidewalks. Portions of the neighborhood with newer homes do have them.
In New York City, homeowners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks on their property.
The neighbors have 45 days to ask for a re-inspection. The city could complete the work and send neighbors the bill.
Inspectors with the New York City Department of Transportation have been issuing broken sidewalk violations to property owners. Neighbors have been contracting PIX 11's Greg Mocker to with questions about the process and the law.
The city issued a notice of violation in October to Glen Oaks Village in Queens. Neighbors have been ordered to repair more than 4,000 square feet of broken sidewalks, some of which are former bus stops.
Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich says, "We were one of the communities that lost their bus stop in July. We loose our buses and then they come in and give us a violation for the bus stop they never took care of."