A tragic accident occurred this week in a luxury Manhattan high-rise. On Thursday, Aug. 22, at approximately 8:30 in the morning, a 30-year-old resident of the building was crushed by a descending elevator.
Suppose you stop into the neighborhood bodega for a newspaper and a bottle of water on your way to work. Without warning, the owner's parrot leans down off its perch and pecks you right on the nose, drawing blood.
There's plenty to do here in New York City during the summertime. Every weekend, there are festivals and celebrations of different cultures and neighborhoods in all five boroughs of the city.
New York City knows how to throw a party on the Fourth of July. There is always something going on over the long weekend celebration. No matter in which of the five boroughs of New York City where you live, there are fireworks, picnics, live music and fun activities for the kids and those who are young at heart.
New York City residents often belong to homeowners' associations (HOA) or co-op boards in their communities. These organizations wield a great deal of power and control over the common areas of an apartment building or condominium. They can be responsible for enforcing the maintenance of certain areas within the shared grounds.
In premises liability law there is a term known as a "private nuisance." It refers to a feature or consequence that "interferes with the right of specific person or entity."
As we are in the midst of prom season, with graduation just around the corner, it's a good idea to review New York's dram shop laws. These laws are in place to provide legal recourse to the victims of drunk drivers and the survivors of those who were killed. They may take legal action against the bar that continued to serve the intoxicated person more alcohol.
People tend to think of fire escapes as lifesaving devices that allow people to quickly escape from multi-floor buildings in the event of a fire or other disaster. But for one 58-year-old Garden City husband and father of three children, a freak accident involving a Soho fire escape was the cause of his untimely death last year.
The New York Post reported that a Brooklyn hotdog vendor recently suffered head injuries from falling scaffold material. The incident occurred on Monday, Feb. 18, at approximately 3:20 p.m. as the vendor stood beside his hotdog cart at the intersection of Elm Place and Fulton Street.
Imagine spending three days trapped inside of a stuck elevator. That was the unfortunate reality for a New York City resident who spent three uncomfortable days trapped inside a Manhattan elevator car last month.