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sidewalksDec 24, 2019

Can someone please tell me:
1. Who is responsible for the proper upkeep of the sidewalk in front of a brownstone (Brooklyn)—NYC or property owner?
2. What are the ramifications of/to an owner whose "... PROPERTY IS NOT CURRENTLY VALIDLY REGISTERED WITH HPD"?
I'm looking for knowledgeable answers, rather than opinions, please. Thank you.

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Sidewalks - Marty Dec 25, 2019

1) The property owner has the legal responsibility. https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/infrastructure/19-152.shtml

2) Not exactly sure what you're asking here, but if the owner doesn't register, I assume he wouldn't be paying taxes on the property. That won't end well for the owner once the city finds out.

If the property is not registered and someone gets hurt (trip and fall), then the ownership will inevitably be disclosed and it's more bad news for the owner, especially if he doesn't have insurance.

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sidewalks - DP Dec 25, 2019

Thank you so much, Marty.
Are you, by any chance, a lawyer?

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Sidewalks - Marty Dec 26, 2019

I am not a lawyer.

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sidewalks - DP Dec 26, 2019

Thank you!

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sidewalks - JG in NYC Apr 08, 2020

Whereas the general sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner, if there is a tree along the curb and the tree has raised part of the sidewalk making it unsafe, the NYC Parks Department will repair the sidewalk.

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Sidewalks - Marty Apr 09, 2020

JG - Any idea which agency has jurisdiction if a fire hydrant sits smack dab in the middle of a raised sidewalk?

We've worked with our City Council member for 2 years and no city agency will take responsibility. They all say "not my job."

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