Bad trip: Windsor Terrace residents suffer serious scuffs stumbling on unkempt sidewalk

Precarious pathway: Windsor Terrace resident Tom Prendergast said locals, including many area oldsters, crash to the ground while strolling this shoddy Prospect Park West sidewalk, which he marked with spray paint in order to warn passersby.
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This walkway hits locals like a ton of bricks.

Windsor Terrace residents are stumbling over bricks protruding from a Prospect Park West sidewalk that has deteriorated into a dangerous obstacle course particularly perilous to neighborhood elders, according to a resident.

“A lot of people fall down and get hurt over here, and a lot of them are seniors, ” said Tom Prendergast.

The sidewalk, which runs along Prospect Park West from Bartel Pritchard Square to 18th Street, was built on a foundation of dirt and sand, according to Prendergast, who said its bricks are displaced during rainstorms because water seeps below them.

And locals continue to trip on the shifting, weather-prone walkway, some of whom suffer serious scuffs, the owner of a nearby drug store said.

“I’ve been here for 14 years and have seen people of all ages trip and fall on their faces to the point they break their noses and need stitches,” said Sajid Patel, who owns Ballard Pharmacy on Prospect Park West between 16th Street and Windsor Place.

Property owners whose lots border the precarious path are responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, and are liable for injuries that it causes, according to Department of Transportation codes.

But some area proprietors who said they do their best to mend a loose brick here and there claimed the upkeep is never-ending, and demanded the city pitch in with a more permanent solution.

“It’s not something you can repair. You fix one brick, and you have three more coming loose,” said Joseph Gallo, the owner of Prospect Park West butcher’s shop United Meat Market. “I would like to see the bricks removed — it’s the only way.”

And Prendergast, the local, took the matter into his own hands in the meantime, marking unsafe spots along the path with spray paint in an attempt to prevent more injuries.

He also relayed the problem to the neighborhood’s assemblyman, who said he set a meeting with transportation department reps and concerned residents for later this month in order to solve the sidewalk problem.

“It’s a big, contentious issue that people have been trying to fix for years now,” said Assemblyman Robert Carroll (D–Windsor Terrace), who is hosting the session on Nov. 28 at 7:30 pm at Prospect Park West’s Holy Name of Jesus church. “I’m trying to get all the store owners and actors to this meeting with the DOT.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:52 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

D from Crown Heights says:
Any particular reason they don't just get a concrete sidewalk?
Nov. 14, 2017, 9:03 am
Rob from NY says:
Faux brick, anyone?
Nov. 14, 2017, 10:36 am
boof from brooklyn says:
All the people who think it has to be bricks should do a kickstarter to redo them so they don't suck.
Nov. 14, 2017, 10:42 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Sidewalk maintenance is important for landlords, who by law must keep the sidewalks they don't own in good repair. This looks like a borderline case ... of course, when in doubt, repair.
Nov. 14, 2017, 10:42 am
Moist Scabs says:
If its a bad trip, maybe they should get stoned (sidewalks) then.
Nov. 14, 2017, 11:33 am
Outrageous from Brooklyn says:
I know! I almost slipped on a tiddlywinks and nearly spilled my frappochino!!!!
Nov. 15, 2017, 2:24 am
Tyler from pps says:
You can see a line there pretty clearly... Suspect this example in the photo is the typical and periennial issue of the UTILITIES contractors doing crappy work.

Step 1: Tear up almost new sidewalk or street surface.
Step 2: Make repairs or new installation of gas, electric, water, cable, etc.
Step 3: Back fill, but don't bother to compact properly and haul away the "extra" dirt because it "didn't fit."
Step 4: Patch the surface badly
Step 5: 2 years later, re-do the entire things. Making it nice, smooth and new.
Step 5: When tar/concrete is barely dry... begin again with Step 1

(Feel free to insert Step 4a 4b 4c etc. involving "surprise" sink holes and wads of tar as the "solution.")
Nov. 16, 2017, 10:42 am

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