This Delancey Street Sidewalk is a Decade-Running Pedestrian Pitfall

Posted on: August 2nd, 2018 at 5:00 am by

It’s one of the top pedestrian pitfalls on the Lower East Side.

The pathway and sidewalk running along the northern edge of the Hua Mei Bird Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park is a complete disaster. Concrete slabs and pavers on this stretch have been deteriorating for over a decade, creating a trip-worthy obstacle course for even the most nubile of amblers.

In fact, it’s not uncommon to see folks of all ages tripping, slipping, or otherwise losing balance while passing this stretch of Delancey Street pavement. Especially in the wintertime.

Yet, the city has seemingly done little to alleviate the situation. Unless you count the half-baked patchwork of dumped asphalt that only exasperated its uneven nature. Apparently, the funds aren’t in the coffers for a full-blown repave job, only the spotty stuff you see.

As one reader notes, the “cost of proper repair is less than the cost of a lawsuit settlement for when someone gets hurt.”

June 2013

Since the walkway connects the Delancey Street sidewalk to a path inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, there are two city agencies with which to contend. Departments of Parks and Transportation.

“We have recommended that this sidewalk be repaved as part of a new program being developed to handle this type of work in a more expeditious manner,” Parks Chief of Staff Steve Simon said in an email.

Still no timeline given. However, what’s another few years after more than ten have already gone by?

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