Earlier today, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a building on West 38th Street collapsed, killing one and seriously injuring another. A man who was working on the next door building at the time of the accident stated that the ceiling caved in on the top two floors and that "the guy in charge was screaming for everyone to get out" as it was happening. According to the New York Post, a source close to the investigation stated that there was construction debris overloading the ceiling of the building. At the time, there 19 workers in the building.
The City of New York is experiencing the growing and increasingly expensive problem of potholes. The potholes create a hazard to pedestrians and often give rise to costly litigation, requiring the City to pay a high aggregate sum to settle the growing number of lawsuits due to pothole related injuries.
The New York City subways have structural problems and defective conditions that need to be repaired for the safety of the public transportation commuters. Last month, on September 10, 2015, a G train subway derailed, injuring three individuals. To address this issue, the city and state are moving forward with a plan to close the budget gap in the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which will lead to much needed repairs.
Last week, a police cruiser and a vehicle holding four civilians were involved in a car accident at the intersection of Christopher Street and Greenwich Street in the West Village of Manhattan. All four civilians had to be taken to the hospital as a result of the injuries they sustained in the accident. See New York Post.