Pedestrians say they have no other option but to walk across the cracked and crumbling sidewalk along the service road of the Van Wyck Expressway. But that doesn’t mean they feel safe while doing so.
Residents say they have complained to the landlord, who told NY1 the sidewalk was damaged when a city tree fell about three years ago. Parulakhter Akhter says the city removed the debris, left the stump, and never came back.
In fact, a great deal of the sidewalk along the expressway between 138th Street and Jamaica Avenue has been uprooted by the city's trees. Some say the sidewalk looks more like a skate ramp than a walkway.
Akhter claims three years ago she and her husband called 311 several times about the sidewalk, but they never got a response. So they gave up on trying to get it fixed.
But when I noticed the damaged sidewalk, which is the responsibility of the Parks Department, I got involved. The Parks Department says it has no record of any 311 complaints about this location, but the homeowner can call 311 to request a free repair under the city's Trees and Sidewalks Program, or repair the sidewalk themselves under the Park Department's guidance.
The homeowner says this is the city's issue. Not hers. So she will call 311 to request the free repair.
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