If you’re a NYC native you ritualistically hate it. If you’re a NYC visitor you look at it and wonder why no one told you it would block the view so much and how annoying it would be to dodgea round it all the time.
That’s right NYC scaffolding, that stuff that breaks up your walk as you weave and duck around it and through it. The NY Post recently ran an article, see here about it’s inconvenience and how it was so often put up and apparently forgotten.
However there is a reason it’s there. See the video for the whole story.
It’s all because of Local Law 11 which was enacted in the 1980′s by Mayor Koch. It was to safeguard the well being of NYC citizens and visitors as bricks and other debris rained down upon them from the crumbling facades of buildings.
Local Law 11 mandates that every building facade in NYC has to be inspected every 5 years to stop all of that. And it worked. Injuries plummeted but the number of scaffolds around NYC buildings went up, a lot.
They stay ther for a long time because then other work may need to be done and it’s too expensive to take it off and then put it on again. So choice folks. We can have aour sidwalks cluttered with scaffolds or we can have bricks falling on us. COMMENT on what you think should happen.