Those of us living in New York City several years ago remember the harrowing incident of an 8-year-old boy injured when the staircase collapsed in his Park Slope, Brooklyn apartment building. The boy was standing in the interior stairwell of his 5-story building when several of the landings above him suddenly gave way.
A recent rally in Washington Square Park sought to shine a national spotlight on the widespread problem of sexual harassment in New York City. The event was organized by Hollaback, an organization that's dedicated to stopping sexual harassment on New York City streets and public transportation. The rally was part of a worldwide event that spanned 60 cities including Mumbai, Brussels, and San Francisco. But as participants shared their stories with media outlets, it soon became clear that sexual harassment in the workplace is still as much of a problem as it ever was.
A construction worker remodeling a Queens business was hospitalized last week after the front of the building collapsed on top of him. Just before noon on Monday, April 22nd, the first-floor façade of a three-story building located at 31-19 30th Ave. peeled away from the rest of the structure and fell to the street.
Two summers ago, an 18-year-old girl from Buffalo New York was struck and killed by a drunk driver while she was riding home from work on her skateboard. The driver, a local doctor, was speeding, texting on his phone, and driving under the influence when he hit the young girl. He then fled the scene.
Last month a 30-year old construction worker was nearly killed when a hoist's improperly secured load shifted and plummeted five stories to the ground below. The 432 Park Avenue jobsite is the future home of the tallest residential skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. At a planned 1,398 feet tall, the building is being billed "a new icon" for New York City.
The family of an 18-year-old worker was left grieving last month after the man was struck and killed by the compactor blade of a recycling truck. The accident occurred inside a recycling plant near the East River, in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood. According to witnesses, the man was loading paper into the rear of the truck when the compactor came down on his chest, killing him.
Earlier this week the New York City Department of Transportation released data showing a dramatic increase in the number of fatal car accidents involving drivers who were speeding. In 2012 there were 81 speeding-related fatalities, up from 49 such fatalities in 2011. Of all traffic deaths in the City last year, nearly 1/3 of them involved speeding.
One of the best kept secrets about living in New York is how easy it is to escape the crowds and enjoy the outdoors. The Northeast can be paradise for those who appreciate nature and like to engage in any number of outdoor sporting activities.