Bay Ridge residents want repairs to step street
Members of a Bay Ridge community say a step street in their neighborhood is being neglected by the city.
The looming concrete staircase on 76th Street is covered in graffiti, has rusty banisters, cracks and holes in the steps. Residents living in the area say they are tired of it.
Resident Bert Halliday has a personal connection to the step street. His son who passed away three years ago from leukemia and loved spending time on the steps.
Community volunteers cleaned up the space in his memory and placed a plaque there in honor of all their loved ones who have passed from cancer.
The New York City Department of Transportation stepped in and made some repairs to the steps in 2014, but residents say they believe the area requires a lot more attention.
A DOT spokesperson said in a statement, "The scope of work included removal and reconstruction of broken steps, patchwork to slightly damaged steps, installation of new railings, patchwork to the retaining wall, and a new sidewalk at the bottom approach to the steps. DOT has inspected the location and will coordinate repairs to the new defects, as well as work to remove graffiti."