Hole in one! Beford Ave. sidewalk a walker’s nightmare

Watch your step: There has been an ankle-breaking hole in the sidewalk at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N. Eighth Street for at least three weeks, and no one has fixed it. Neighbors say the city needs to step up and get it fixed.
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An ankle-wrecking hole in the sidewalk at the corner of Bedford Avenue and N. Eighth Street that no one has bothered to fix for almost a month has become an impromptu garbage can for passers-by to throw their junk.

The hole, which is at the corner right next to Southern restaurant Sweet Chick, has been threatening elderly people, toddlers, and people in high heels for at least three weeks, and is now filled with coffee cups and — ick! — condom wrappers.

Someone did mark the hole with bright orange spray paint, but no one has made a move to actually fix the hole, which neighbors say is growing by the day and is a constant menace.

“I saw it at the last minute, luckily,” said Cassie Spellman, who navigated the hole as she walked around Williamsburg with a friend on Thursday night. “I would have totally broken my ankle on that.”

The owner of Sweet Chick said he believes that the building’s owner Jerry Lebedowicz should step up and fix the hole if he knows what’s good for him.

“Anyone could break an ankle or it could fall in,” said restaurant owner John Seymour. “It is definitely a lawsuit waiting to happen.”

Typically, a building owner is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, even though it is technically owned by the city. This means that the building owner must keep the sidewalk in front of their property free of snow, ice, and garbage, and that they must fix the sidewalk so that it is safe to walk on.

There could be some exceptions to landlord responsibility. If a sewer problem breaks the sidewalk, the city might step up to fix it.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said the agency will look into the problem.

The building’s owner and the city did not return requests for comment.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Concerned Citizen from Williamsburg says:
This hole symbolizes the major issues in our neighborhood. Lack of Park Space All this growth with no upgrade to infrastructure and traffic lights dirt on the streets.

Its terrible.
April 6, 2015, 5:36 am
ty from pps says:
The city is a crumbling s*&$-hole for all sorts of reasons, but I like those boots.
April 6, 2015, 9:01 am
Rolf from Greenpoint says:
It's frustrating to make a complaint to the city and then just see it ignored. With good reason, the average New Yorker has little confidence in the 311 system. After super storm Sandy we had an uprooted tree that blocked the side walk forcing people to walk out onto the street. This went on for months as city officials argued with the owner as to whose responsibility it was, then sure enough an elderly women was hit by a care as she crossed the street at that exact location. You can imagine how quickly the city resolved the problem in the following days!
April 6, 2015, 10:05 am
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
I am an employee at JP Morgan Chase. That "hole," as you call it, is actually a Chase ATM that takes cash deposits but does not give withdrawals or receipts. Please deposit money to your account there, along with a deposit slip, and I will see that it gets to its proper place.
April 6, 2015, 11:26 am
ty from pps says:
that wasn't me.
April 6, 2015, 3:06 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Would it kill somebody in the vicinity to put a garbage can or something over the hole to warn people away?
April 7, 2015, 6:55 am
RED from RidgeW says:
I hope some texting idiot falls into the hole or steps in it and snaps their shin.
April 7, 2015, 8:15 am
Mayor Bill from South Slope says:
Sure, I'll get right on it - right after my workout at the Y!
April 7, 2015, 9:14 am
GREEN from RidgeNW says:
Nope, texting idiots shouldn't fall into the hole and snap their shin, they should lose all their fingers and the use of their eyes. It's much more to the point.
April 7, 2015, 9:16 am
ty from pps says:
Wow... look at the irrationally bitter folks!
April 8, 2015, 8:08 am

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