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A Walk Up New York’s Crumbling Steps

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A Walk Up New York’s Crumbling StepsNEW YORK – Our city is a beautiful place to take a walk, but it’s becoming risky to stroll through some neighborhoods. It’s not crime you’ll have to worry about – it’s the deterioration of some pathways.

Some neighborhoods feature walkways and steps that are overgrown with weeds, falling apart into debris, or they’re just uneven, making them dangerous for anyone who uses them. According to the Riverdale Press, residents are expressing concern over the shape of the pathways and staircases in the northwest Bronx.

Even community board members say most of the walkways are in a state of disarray. The problem has become so prevalent that neighborhood leaders are developing “report cards” for area pathways.

This problem isn’t specific to the Bronx; in fact, there are walkways all over New York that are crumbling to the point where people can get seriously injured.

Some paths are difficult to navigate in warm, sunny conditions. An overgrowth of plants and weeds obstruct some walkways from being usable. And when colder weather hits the Big Apple, water becomes the real problem, coating the already dangerous walkways – both public and private – with a layer of ice.

Thousands of New Yorkers use these pathways every day to get to work, school, or local marketplaces. Depending on the location of these crumbling walkways, the responsibility to keep them clean and safe may fall in different hands.

Most public paths are maintained by the Transportation Department while others, such as those in an apartment complex, could fall under the responsibility of private owners. In either case, there is an obligation to keep any walkway or staircase in a clean and safe state.

This could include:

  • Fixing uneven paths, where there is a tripping hazard
  • Removing potentially dangerous debris
  • Trimming plants and shrubs to avoid dangerous overgrowth
  • Clearing snow and ice from walkways

In many cases, there is work being done to correct the problems, but until New York’s crumbling sidewalks and staircases are fixed, someone could get seriously injured.


Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in New York. These injuries can often be traced back to negligent property owners who failed to maintain their paths, or clear them of snow, ice, or other debris.

When a person gets injured in a trip or slip and fall accident, the medical expenses can often exceed $15,000 or more. Dealing with negligent property owners or cut-rate insurance companies makes the problem even more frustrating for victims, who are already struggling to pay the medical bills or get to work.

If you’ve been injured after tripping or slipping on a crumbling pathway or staircase, there are people who can help. The Bronx slip and fall lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have been trusted by New Yorkers for over 50 years, and they have experience finding the negligent party and holding them accountable.

A Bronx slip and fall lawyer can also help victims maximize their injury claim, which can help cover the costs for medical bills, day-to-day expenses, lost time and work, pain and suffering, and more.

When a crumbling or slippery pathway puts you or your loved one in the hospital, contact the team that has helped thousands of New Yorkers get the best result possible.

Cellino & Barnes 800-888-8888

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