Holes and crumbling rocks have made the stairway in Riverside Park at 102nd street treacherous, and the parks department now says it will fix the issue. Noah S. Rothstein sent in the photos above and below, and says he didn’t get any response after he initially pointed out the problems two months ago.
“As anyone should be able to see, this condition is nothing short of appalling. It is worse than I had even realized yet. Pretty-much the entire stairway is deteriorating. In addition to the crumbling and the many scattered pieces of chipped-off stone, there are conspicuous gaps, at least one of which a person’s foot could easily fall into.
To review the timeline:
March 21st: First noticed that one of the steps felt loose underfoot. Do not recall noticing any more than that.
March 23rd: Reported loose step to Parks Dept. via nyc.gov web site. Received email confirming receipt of my submission but nothing further.
May 2nd: Noticed area in photo where orange cone is; hazardous condition at spot considerably worse than when I had last seen it back on March 21st.
May 19th: Condition certainly no better and quite possibly even worse; took attached photos.”
The parks department now says it will address the problem soon.
“We are aware of the condition of the stairs and appreciate our park users notifying us and being our eyes and ears. We will be making temporary repairs to the steps within the next few weeks and once funding is confirmed we hope to begin a larger repair project to make a permanent correction.”