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Tips For Safe Winter Cycling In New York City

Tragedy has struck again as a 67-year-old bicyclist has died after colliding with a Toyota Prius in Chelsea on November 29, according to the Daily News

The cyclist, Josef Mittleman, was heading down 11th Avenue in the early afternoon and struck the car after pedaling through a red light. He suffered a catastrophic head injury in the crash which proved fatal in the hospital the next day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the cyclists family as well as the driver of the car. This is a terrible situation for everyone involved, especially this close to the holidays.

Does the NYC Construction Boom Compromise Public Safety?

There is no sign of construction slowing down anytime soon in New York City. In fact, according to data from the Department of Buildings, the city issued over 88,000 construction permits in the past six months - a record high. Another report estimates that construction spending in our city will climb to reach a staggering $147.9 billion by the end of 2019.

Construction permits issued by NYC - 2000 to 2017


The building boom is great for the economy; however, as the non-stop construction shows no signs of dissipating, what does it mean for the growing number of New Yorkers who navigate the streets? According to the latest findings, it can spell very real dangers.

Who Is Driving Your Bus?

In September, we covered a tragic crash between an MTA bus and chartered tour bus that resulted in three deaths and 15 injuries in Queens. At the time we wrote: 

"The collision is currently under investigation...however, from initial reports, it appears that negligent driving was a likely cause."

What Are The Rights of Innocent Bystanders?

Occurring on Labor Day weekend and wedged in a news cycle that includes two catastrophic hurricanes, you may not have heard about the tragedy that occurred in New York City on September 5th. 

Six innocent bystanders at Staten Island's Page Laundromat were injured when a car crashed through its glass storefront and continued colliding with everything in its path until it reached the back wall. 

Who Is Responsible For Injuries When The Vehicle Is A Rental?

In a terrible reminder of the times we live in, our city was once again the scene of a grizzly terrorist attack on Tuesday. In New York City's deadliest attack since 9/11, a 29-year-old man drove a truck onto a bike path, using the truck as a weapon to kill 8 people and injure a dozen more. 

One curious detail that stuck out in the post-attack coverage was the fact that the truck he used in his act of murder was a rental from a Home Depot location in Passaic, New Jersey. 

New York Laws for Uber / Lyft Drivers & Passengers Hurt in Accidents

There has been a lot of confusion about the insurance coverage afforded to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians injured in automobile accidents involving Uber or Lyft vehicles. If you've been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in New York State, here is what you need to know:

Worker Dies While Installing Solar Panels in Corona, Queens

Tragically, a worker died last week as a result of a fall from a two-story home on 50th Ave., near 94th St. in Corona, Queens, as reported by the New York Daily News.

At around 11:50am on October 18th, the 60-year-old worker, whose name has not yet been released, was testing anchors installed on the roof when he fell from the roof and suffered severe head trauma. Medics rushed him to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Looking Back at 4 Terrible Motor Vehicle Accidents

Like any activity we engage in, getting behind the wheel or sitting down in the passenger seat has its risks. What starts off as a simple commute to work or trip to the store can quickly become a tragic accident that leaves people injured or worse. 

We have probably all witnessed the occasional "fender-bender" or rear-end collision, but rarely see the full scope of destruction that motor vehicle wrecks are capable of causing. To gain perspective, let's take a look back at five of the worst auto accidents recent U.S. history. 

6 Workers Injured in Crown Heights Roof Collapse - Stop Orders Issued

Six construction workers were injured - four of them seriously - in an alarming roof collapse on Tuesday October 17, 2018. The incident occurred inside a brownstone located at 1294 Park Place, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn at around 9:45 a.m., according to FDNY officials who responded to the scene.

According to AM New York, workers were loading cement blocks onto the roof when the roof collapsed into the basement. Six construction workers were working on the second floor at the time, and they ended up trapped underneath the rubble. FDNY later pulled them out.

Aiding Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts From New York

It's the fifth strongest storm to ever hit the United States. On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made a direct hit on Puerto Rico and left widespread destruction behind. The 150 mph winds and flooding rain knocked out power for the entire island and wrecked structures in multiple towns. The entire electrical infrastructure was destroyed, and there are communities where 80 to 90 percent of homes were lost.