Midtown Barricades Survive Legal Test
In mid-June, a State Court rejected a lawsuit brought by a major real estate owner, Sage Realty, against the City over the pedestrian barricades in Midtown. Sage's suit asserted that the barricades amounted to an illegal taking of property because they steered pedestrians away from valuable storefronts they rented, thus reducing the value of the property. Sage vows to mount a new suit against the barricades based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Permanent barricades and mid-block crosswalks have been installed at 5th Avenue and 50th Streets, plus 6th Ave. and 50th St., while "temporary" barricades remain in place on the other corners on 50th and 49th Sts. from 6th to Madison Aves.