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Can You Sue Someone Without Hiring A Lawyer?

Yes, you can file an NYC personal injury lawsuit without representation or counsel.

In legal terms, this is called pro se, which translates from Latin to "for oneself."

In fact, there's no legal situation in which you must retain a lawyer. You always have the right to represent yourself. But even though you have the right to do something, doesn't mean it's a good idea (as anyone who has tested the bounds of "free speech" is well aware).

So how do you decide? Allegory of justice

Should I Represent Myself In Court?

The question is really about money: how much are you asking for? Every lawsuit asks for some sort of compensation. You have to prove that you were wronged, and that you lost out on something because you were wronged. Usually, plaintiffs argue that they lost out on a certain financial amount; they ask for money.

Whether or not you should represent yourself is usually a matter of how much you're asking for. Small amount? Maybe representation isn't necessary. Large amount? You should probably hire an attorney.

But how do you know what "small" and "large" mean?

Is My Lawsuit Right For Small Claims Court?

It turns out that there are courts designed to hear pro se cases, ones on the smaller side of the spectrum. In New York, "small claims courts" handle lawsuits that involve claims of $5,000 or less.

To pursue these small-value cases, you actually can't have a lawyer. New York's website has a whole section on "Representing Yourself" if you want to learn more about what that entails.

Cases with higher values at stake aren't eligible for small claims court. Instead, you'll be filing your lawsuit in a traditional civil court. Most likely, you can't afford to lose a case like this. Filing and administrative fees are higher, so it's crucial to give yourself a fighting chance.

Usually, that means hiring an experienced lawyer.

How Does Small Claims Court Work?

But if you suffered a small, demonstrable loss (one you can prove to a judge), you should consider small claims court.

According to the New York State Unified Court System, you can use small claims court only to sue for money. "You cannot force a person or business to perform a task...or to fulfill a promise made in an advertisement." Only monetary claims will be heard.

There are small claims courts in every town, village and city of New York State. In towns and villages, your claim must be $3,000 or lower. In a city, you can ask for up to $5,000. And you have to use the court wherever the person you are suing lives, not your own if you live somewhere else.

Small claims courts are a little looser than civil courts; New York considers them "informal". But it's still your duty to be fully informed of the laws governing your complaint, so you'll need to do a lot of research to stay within the lines. Most courts have clerks who can help you file your claim. Judges will assist you if there's no clerk.

Courts also provide "self-help" sections with necessary forms that you can print and fill out.

Step 1: Find The Right Court

First, find the appropriate court, the one where the person you want to sue lives. You can find a list of small claims courts in New York City here or search for ones throughout the State here.

If the defendant you want to sue lives in a town or village, but you want to claim more than $3,000, you'll have to find a City court in their district.

Step 2: File Your Claim

Now go to the court and ask for the documents you need to file a claim. You'll fill out a short statement, describing the event that you are suing about and anyone who was involved.

Then you'll pay a filing fee, which can vary depending on how much money you're asking for and what kind of court you're in.

In a town or village:

In a city:

The clerk will assign you a hearing date and "serve" the defendant by sending them a notice to appear at the hearing.

Step 3: Prepare Your Argument

How are you going to prove your case? With evidence! If you slipped and fell on an unsafe staircase, bring thorough photographic evidence of the defects. If you were assured of a product's good quality, but found out that it was broken, bring the merchandise.

Anything that can help prove your case should be brought to your hearing. Testimony, the statements you give in court, are also considered evidence. If you had an accident, contact any witnesses and ask them to testify on the day of your hearing.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, people are unwilling to testify in court. But if you need them to, you can have the small claims clerk issue a "subpoena," which will legally command them to appear at your hearing. In New York State, a "subpoena" will cost you $15, and you may have to cover their travel costs, too.

Step 4: Appear At Your Hearing & Argue Your Case

Arrive at least 15 minutes before the time of your hearing. If you're late, your case will be dismissed. If the defendant is late, the case will probably be decided based only on your testimony. This is called a "default judgement."

You'll have to wait until your case is "called" by the court clerk. When it is, the clerk will usher you into the courtroom, along with the defendant you're suing.

You, the "claimant" or "plaintiff," go first. You'll be sworn in as a witness and then proceed to explain your side of events. If you're presenting any evidence, you should bring it up now and present any necessary documents to the judge. The judge and defendant are allowed to ask you questions if they need to clarify any points.

You can present witnesses if you need to. They'll be sworn in and testify as you did.

Then the defendant is allowed to testify, telling their side of the story after being sworn in.

And that's pretty much it. After hearing all testimony, and reviewing all the evidence, the judge will make a decision. In the vast majority of small claims, there's no jury. Defendants are allowed to request one, comprised of six people, but they have to pay several fees.

4 Reasons To Consider Hiring A Lawyer

Claim below $5,000? A court of small claims is probably the way to go. But even at higher values, you don't necessarily need an attorney. So why do most plaintiffs end up hiring one?

1. We already know the rules.

Every court has its own particular procedures and rules. You'll need to learn the specifics where you plan to sue.

An experienced attorney in your area already knows these rules, and they've worked appropriately within them for years.

2. We know the law.

Law, the intricate body of statutes governing what we do and do not have the right to do, is massive and complex. It's also far and away the best reason to hire a lawyer.

You may know one law, but how can you be sure that it's the right one to file a claim under? And what if you're interpreting it incorrectly? What if you are, but not in the same way that the court you're suing has interpreted it in the past?

Matters of law quickly become overwhelming. An attorney has spent their life learning the law inside and out, so you don't have to.

3. Deadlines are big.

If you miss one, and forget to file the right documents at the right time, your case will be dismissed out-of-hand.

Staying on top of a time limit might sound easy, but you also have a life. Can you take the time away from your family and work to properly prepare your case?

4. We know jurisdiction.

Are you suing in the right place? Different courts have authority over different areas and separate legal matters; they rarely overlap.

File a lawsuit in the wrong court and your case will be dismissed.

You Can Discuss Your Case With A Lawyer For Free

Still wondering whether you should hire an attorney or file a small claim?

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Banville Law for a free consultation. You'll hear from an attorney within 24 hours - just describe your situation, and we'll offer our take with no obligation. Who knows? You may have a bigger claim than you think.


Our New York City personal injury lawyers think that everyone who lives in New York should check out at least one Broadway show. For most people, the experience will be so memorable that they'll return for much more than one. Having access to some of the biggest plays and best theater acting in the world is one of the many cultural perks of life in New York City. If you're thinking about going to a show sometime soon, we recommend the following current Broadway shows:


Chicago is a Broadway classic which first debuted in 1975. It ran here until 1977, before hosting international productions in West End, London, and Sydney, Austrailia. In 1996, the Broadway show was revived in New York City at Richard Rogers Theatre. In 2003, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre and has been playing there ever since. Chicago is the second longest-running Broadway show ever. There was also a very popular 2002 film version of the musical, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In our opinion, there's nothing like seeing Chicago in its original form - on Broadway in New York City. You're guaranteed for an epic performance by some of the most talented actors, dancers, and singers in the world.


Wicked has been one of the most popular Broadway shows for over a decade. The play is based on a popular 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire called Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It depicts the backstory of two witches from The Wizard of Oz: Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. In 2004, the original Broadway production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including:

Wicked is currently on the schedule at the Gershwin Theatre.

Lion King

The Broadway adaptation of Disney's classic animated film The Lion King premiered in 1997. Since then, over 65 million people worldwide have seen the play. The Broadway production is just as impressive as the film, with costumes so famous that they've become part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Museum. Director Julie Taymor was also the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a musical. If you're a fan of the film and like Broadway shows, seeing The Lion King on Broadway should be on your bucket list.

The Lion King is currently on the schedule at the Minskoff Theater.


Aladdin is the eighth Disney film to be adapted into a Broadway show. This adaptation includes favorite songs from the movie along with new ones just for Broadway. You'll also be blown away by the special effects of the production. This show is currently running at New Amsterdam Theatre.

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera is another classic and one of the most popular shows in the history of Broadway. The famous Broadway musical has been running at the Majestic Theater sine 1988, making it the longest-running production in Broadway history. Over 10,000 performances have been given over the past 30 years. It's also won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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Located where Broadway, Sixth Avenue, and 34th Street meet in Manhattan, Herald Square is one of the most famous intersections in New York City. This is one of the most-visited parts of the borough, for both tourists and locals. If you're in this section of Manhattan, our New York City personal injury lawyers recommend taking a trip through Herald Square. You'll have options for shopping, dining, and plenty of street entertainment to enjoy. Some of our favorite aspects of Herald Square include:


Herald Square and the surrounding area is a major retail hub. Macy's flagship store, the largest department store in the United States, is located in this area.

Other shopping options in this area include:


Herald Square was originally named for the New York Herald, a defunct newspaper which was formerly located there. Today, a huge mechanical clock remains from that era. This clock was constructed in 1895 by sculptor Antonin Jean Carles and is known as the James Morgon monument. The structure consists of the Goddess of Wisdom, Minerva, along with her owls standing in front of a bell, with two bell ringers mounted on a Milford pink granite pedestal. These figures and the clock are original parts of the 1894 New York Herald building which was located in the square. That building was demolished in 1921, but the figures were removed and reinstalled in the square in 1940.

Greeley Square

Greeley Square is a popular section within Herald Square. It's between West 32nd Street and West 33rd Street and between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. This section consists almost completely of a triangular park. It's named for Horace Greeley - a publisher of the New York Tribune, the Herald's rival newspaper. Eventually, these two papers merged and formed the New York Herald Tribune. The park features a prominent statue of Greeley, which was created in 1890 by Alexander Doyle. It's a picturesque park, with trees and shrubbery and enclosed by a wrought iron fence. It makes a great place to relax with chairs, tables, and a restaurant kiosk.

Cultural Significance

Herald Square has made several appearances in pop culture. These include many popular songs, such as:

But perhaps most famously, Herald Square is known as the ending for the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Grand Central Terminal may be the most famous railroad terminal in the world. However, it's much more than just a terminal. This iconic transportation hub is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited tourist attractions on Earth, with nearly 22 million visitors in 2013 (excluding train and subway passengers). There are plenty of historical sights and beautiful architecture to take in here, along with several dining and shopping options to enjoy. Our New York City personal injury lawyers love the following sights at Grand Central Terminal:

Main Concourse Ceiling

When you're walking through the Main Concourse, make sure to take a look up at the ceiling. This zodiac ceiling is one of the most striking architectural features of the terminal. It's cathedral-style and depicts 12 constellations painted in gold leaf, along with 2500 stars - with 59 of them featuring LED lights. The ceiling was painted backward to create the illusion that the ceiling is being viewed from a divine perspective, instead of a human one. This is what the ceiling looked like before it was restored in the 1990s.

Information Booth Clock

This striking Information Booth Clock is one of the most famous sights in Grand Central Terminal. The classic style of the clock makes it easier to imagine what the terminal may have been like in the early days and connects the past and present. It's also a popular meeting spot, as you can't miss this iconic timekeeper. The clock is set by the atomic clock in the U.S. Naval Observatory in Bethesda Maryland - this means it's accurate within 1 second every 20 billion years. The opal Information Booth Clock is valued at approximately $20 million.

Whispering Gallery

The Whispering Gallery is a unique architectural feature of Grand Central Terminal. It features low ceramic arches made with Gustavino Tile and is located next to the Grand Central Oyster Bar 7 Restaurant. The arches have an acoustical phenomenon which allows you to have a conservation with a friend at the opposite corner. And if you're feeling hungry, you can enjoy a good meal of oysters and clam chowder at the oyster bar.

Grand Central Market

The Grand Central Market offers some of our favorite shopping in the area and is a cultural experience. Here, you can find 13 local vendors selling fresh produce, gourmet ingredients, and other foods. Nations from all over Europe are represented here and it's a great place to pick up special ingredients for any ethnic cuisine you may be looking to cook.

Tiffany Clock & Park Avenue Viaduct

Outside of the station, at 42nd Street and Park Avenue, you can find the second-most famous clock at Grand Central Terminal. The Tiffany Clock is surrounded by statues of the Greek God which represent values of the railroad: speed (Mercury), strength (Hercules), and intellect (Minerva). The clock is 14 feet in diameter and the largest example of Tiffany glass in the world.

The Pershing Square Viaduct is also in front of the terminal and is lit up with color-changing LED lights to recognize different holidays and special occasions throughout the year. This lighting also makes it easy to spot the terminal from afar.

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The tallest building in the world from its construction until 1970, the Empire State Building is one of New York City's most iconic skyscrapers. It's long been one of the city's most popular tourist attractions, and our NYC personal injury law firm think tourists and locals should experience the view from the observation deck at least once. There is plenty to see beyond the building's famous facade. Some highlights you can expect to experience during your trip to the Empire State Building include:

Main Deck: 86th Floor

If you're planning to visit the top deck on the 102nd floor, we highly recommend making a stop at the 86th Floor Observation Deck first. This is the highest open-air observatory in New York and one of the most famous observatories in the world. Scenes from countless movies and television series have taken place here, along with millions upon millions of personal experiences. The Observation Deck is wrapped around the spire and offers 360-degree views of the city and nearby areas. You'll also be treated to unique perspectives of some of New York City's most important landmarks and geographical features, including Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson River and East River.

Top Deck: 102nd Floor

After taking in the sights of the 86th Floor Observatory, take the elevator 16 floors up to the 102nd floor. While the 86th Floor may be more famous, the top deck on the 102nd floor offers the maximum panoramic views of the city. You won't be taking a normal elevator up here though - instead, you'll be treated to a ride on the manually operated Otis elevator. And you won't be counting floors, as the elevator instead has an altitude meter. Your operator will be knowledgeable about the building, so make sure to ask plenty of questions.

Dare to Dream Exhibit

If you're looking to learn more about the history of the planning and construction of the Empire State Building, you should definitely visit the Dare to Dream exhibit. This large exhibit takes you on a journey through the history, engineering, and construction of this world-famous skyscraper. Highlights include original documents such as period photographs, architectural drawings, construction notes, and daily bookkeeping documents. You'll also find reproductions of photos and objects from the over 3,400 workers who helped create the building.

Sustainability Exhibit

While the Empire State Building may be an older skyscraper, they're making sustainability improvements to build their structure into the 21st century. In 2009, they began a sustainability retrofit. Once this program is completed, the ESB will reduce their total energy uses by over 38 percent, energy costs by $4.4 million each year, and carbon emissions by 105,000 metric tons over the next 15 years.

The Sustainability Exhibit is in the 2nd-floor queue and helps tell the story of this ambitious project. It showcases the world-class technology and processes that made the project possible and tells the story of how it all went down. Visitors learn this story by interacting with digital displays, sculptures, and actual building materials.

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New York City is full of enriching spaces where your children can learn, grow, and develop skills that will prove useful later in life. The Art Farm NYC is one of our favorite places to bring our little ones when we're looking to introduce them to new and rewarding experiences. This children's educational center offers a variety of classes in fields like art, music, cooking, and more. It also makes a fantastic location for a fun and unique birthday party. Our New York City personal injury law firm highly recommend taking a trip to the Art Farm with your child for the following reasons:

Rock, Smocks, and Animals

This seasonal program holds sessions every winter, spring, summer, and fall. Your child's class will learn all about different types of animals through music, dancing, games, toys, and more. Additionally, the program brings in animal visitors so that your child can get a hands-on experience with them. Every other week, there's a craft time where the kids use paint, glue, feathers, sand, and other supplies to create their own pieces of animal artwork. This program also features a petting zoo.

Farm Friends

This class runs for an hour and a half each session and also runs during the winter, spring, summer, and fall. This is a pre-school prep class designed for adults and children to participate in together. The program begins in the main classroom and offers many play options for the kids, including play dough, puzzles, creative play with a kid's kitchen, trains, sensory activities, and more. Next, there's a music circle where everyone sings songs together and meets new friends. This is followed by a healthy organic snack and a story. Finally, the class makes an art project before visiting the petting zoo where the kids will meet a new animal every week and have free time in the zoo.

Art for Busy Kids

This is a weekly program, held every Wednesday with two available sessions - one from 9:30 am - 10:30 am and another from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The day begins with open art time where participants can explore painting with different materials and objects on a large piece of paper with their fellow classmates. This includes painting with bubble wrap, dragging toy cars through paint, and other unique and creative painting processes. Next, there is a storytime designed to boost creativity. Each week, the class works together to create a collaborative masterpiece using various art materials. Pieces are often based on storybook characters, the alphabet, and the world around us. Like other classes at the Art Farm, the day ends with a visit to the petting zoo.

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Bryant Park is one of New York City's most popular parks, with a variety of activities hosted year-round, beautiful seasonal gardens, and some top-tier people watching. Our New York City personal injury lawyers love visiting here to take in the sights and sounds of Manhattan and enjoy the variety of free activities offered here. Some of our favorite activities in Bryant Park include:

Art Cart

Bryant Park is located in a picturesque setting in New York City, full of a bustling urban scene of interesting people, beautiful flowers, and famous monuments. It's easy to feel creatively inspired while you're here. At the Art Cart, which is open every day from 11 am to 8 pm, you can use free drawing and craft supplies to make your own art projects. There's also an Art Cart host who can give you some basic pointers.

Available materials change but generally include:

Chess and Backgammon

The park is home to a designated chess and backgammon area which is located in the 40th Street Plaza. If you want to play, go visit the Chess Host, who can give you equipment, pair you up for a game, or help give you advice. Playing is free and everyone is welcome.


Bryant Park offers a variety of 50 different tabletop games, including categories like party, strategy, visual, word, and trivia games. There are also many socials and tournaments during the spring and summer, including:

These socials and tournaments run from May through August, from 6-8 pm.

Le Carrousel

Le Carrousel is a beautiful French classical style carousel which draws on both European and French influences. It features 14 animals which are replicas of classic carousel creatures and they revolve to classic French cabaret music. This piece really adds to the already special atmosphere of Bryant Park.


Pétanque is a French game where players try to throw metal balls as close as they can to a smaller wooden ball called a cochonnet. It's a surprisingly fun and addictive game. You can learn to play here and develop strategies like pointing, when you throw your ball to roll as close to the cochonnet as you can, or shooting when you aim the ball for your opponent's, trying to move them further away from the cochonnet.

Ping Pong

Ping pong fans can enjoy playing a game on one of the two premium tables located in Bryant Park. Play a casual game with a friend or join a competitive tournament. The tables are located on the 42nd Street side of the park, by Sixth Avenue.

Reading Room

Literary people have been enjoying Bryant Park's Reading Room for decades. This section of the park provides books, newspapers, and magazines during the warm months of the year. They also host literary events, author appearances, writing workshops, children's programs, a poetry program, and more.

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Built in the early 1930s, the Rockefeller Center is considered one of the most important building projects of the Great Depression. For over 80 years, this complex has been one of New York City's most iconic landmarks. If you're sightseeing in Manhattan, a trip here is always well worth it. It's especially majestic if you're lucky to be here during the holiday season. Some of the reasons why our New York City personal injury attorneys think Rockefeller Center is one of New York's most important historic landmarks include:

Radio City Music Hall

The famous radio complex Radio City runs along the east side of Sixth Avenue, also known as the Avenue of the Americas. Radio City Music Hall is built on a plot of land which was originally intended for the Metropolitan Opera House. Plans for the opera house were scrapped in 1929, which lead to the construction of the Rockefeller Center. Radio City Music Hall is a 5,960-seat venue which was very successful until the 1970s. Patronage declined during this time period, and the Hall nearly went bankrupt. But in 1978, the building was designated as a New York City Landmark, restored, and allowed to remain open. Today, it's one of the most famous landmarks in Manhattan for it's striking Art Deco facade.

30 Rockefeller Plaza

This Art Deco skyscraper is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center and one of the most famous structures in the Manhattan skyline. Standing 850 feet tall, this is the 14th-largest building in New York City. It's most famous for being the headquarters and New York studios of NBC. The name is often shortened to 30 Rock, which is also the name of a popular television series set in the building. The famous Lunch atop a Skyscraper photograph, depicting construction workers eating lunch while seated on a girder with their legs dangling 840 feet above the street was taken here during the construction of the building in 1932.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-famous Christmas tree placed in Rockefeller Center each holiday season, in mid-November. The lighting of the tree is a major public spectacle and occurs in either late November or early December each year. Since 1997, This lighting has been broadcast live to hundreds of millions of viewers on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center telecast on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. The ceremony also features live entertainment and the tree is lit by the Mayor of New York City and other special guests. Approximately 125 million people visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree each year.

Ice-Skating Rink

The Rink at Rockefeller Center is one of the most famous ice-skating rinks in the world. Each winter, millions of skaters visit here to take part in the festive celebration at one of the most picturesque ice-skating rinks you can find. The rink is right at the heart of the Rockefeller Center, near the base of the famous Christmas tree and iconic golden statue. Only 150 people can skate at a time and it's a hugely popular activity, but you can make reservations to make sure you have a spot.

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The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most important cultural facilities in the world. This 16.3-acre building complex in Lincoln Square is home to some of the globe's most renowned performing arts organizations, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the New York City Opera. If you're looking to enjoy some high culture, there are very few facilities that can hold a candle to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Our New York City personal injury attorneys love visiting here to watch high-end theater, ballet, and musical performances. Some upcoming highlights here include:

New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is one of the oldest musical institutions in the country and the oldest of the "Big Five" orchestras in the states. They host a variety of events throughout the year, including orchestra performances, ensembles, soloists, concerts in the park, festivals, and more. Some events we're looking forward to during the current season include:

Metropolitan Opera

The Met has been around since 1880 and is the largest classical music organization in the United States. They perform approximately 27 operas each year and their season lasts from September through May. Their 2017-18 season is coming to an end, but performances on the schedule for 2018-19 include:

New York City Ballet

Founded in 1948, the New York City Ballet performs fall, winter, and spring seasons at Lincoln Center, along with seasonal performances of the Nutcracker during November and December. Their summer residency is held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and they regular tour around the globe. Their spring season has come to a close, but keep an eye out for their schedule when they return for the fall.

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New York City has one of the largest and most impressive museum rosters of any city on earth, and the American Museum of Natural History is one of the most famous of the bunch. This museum is also one of the largest in the world, with a complex made up of 28 interconnected buildings and 45 permanent exhibition halls. Whether you're a native New Yorker or just visiting as a tourist, everyone who travels through this city should try to see this amazing complex. Some favorite exhibitions among our staff of Manhattan personal injury attorneys include:

Amazon Adventure

Amazon Adventure is a film which tells the story of one of history's forgotten but most influential scientists - Henry Walter Bates. This 19th-century naturalist and explorer spent 11 years on an expedition through the Amazon rainforest, where he studied the wildlife there and worked to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin. The film explores animal mimicry, which is a phenomenon where one animal evolves by adopting the appearance of another. This film is available to view through September 13, 2018.

Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is an annual exhibition that runs from October through May each year. It's one of the most popular exhibitions in the museum. It goes into detail about the lifecycles of butterflies and moths, which belong to a group of insects called Order Lepidoptera.

Highlights of the Butterfly Conservatory exhibition include:

Inside You

This exhibition goes into detail about the trillions of microbes that inhabit our bodies, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms. These microbial genes outnumber our DNA by a ratio of more than 100 to 1. The exhibit also explains how science is growing to better understand these microbes and profiles some of the scientists making new discoveries into microbiome research.

Opulent Oceans

Our oceans still remain mysterious, as they're filled with lifeforms many of us have never heard of, along with many that have yet to be discovered. This exhibition is inspired by a book called Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History and features 46 reproductions of 33 rare scientific works.

Our Senses

This exhibition is comprised of 11 funhouse-like rooms which challenge our perceptions of how our senses work. They help to illustrate that our perceptions are more than just a view into the world around us, but a reflection of the inner workings of our brains.


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New York City is a great place to raise kids, as there are nearly limitless opportunities for educational and cultural experiences. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, we think it's important to make sure you expose your kids to new ideas and cultures while living here. Our New York City personal injury lawyers love spending our days off with our families, bringing our kids to the variety of cultural sites and activities designed just for them. Some of our favorites on the Upper West Side include:

Children's Museum of Manhattan

The Children's Museum of Manhattan is a great place to take your young children if you're looking for an educational experience. This museum is probably best suited for kids 6 and under, while older kids may be able to enjoy some of the larger museums in the area, like the Museum of National History. However, there are plenty of exhibits, interactive experiences, and play areas for young children to enjoy here.

Some of the current exhibits include:

Little Shop of Crafts

If your kids have a creative streak, Little Shop of Crafts offers art classes that parents and kids can enjoy together. You pick your own craft and have a choice of pottery, plastercraft, mosaics, woodcraft, frames, t-shirts, and more. You then have the choice of a wide range of decorative supplies, including various paint colors, stencils, pencils, stamps, and carbon papers. Then you're taught how to put them all together to create your own unique piece of artwork.

Elliott's Classes

Elliot's Classes specializes in children's movement classes which are designed to help build emotional, social, and physical skills. This is a great place to help supplement your child's development outside of school.

Programs include:

My Gym

My Gym is an exercise space dedicated to children's fitness. Programs are designed for kids between 6 weeks and 10 years of age and aim to help them develop physically, cognitively, and emotionally.

Programs at My Gym include:

Kidville Upper West Side

Kidville is another space offering gym, art, dance, and music classes for kids. They also host some extremely fun birthday parties.

Class categories here include:

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Diversity is one of the things that make New York such a great city. New York City's culture is influenced by nationalities, ethnicities, and religions from all over the globe. There is a strong Jewish heritage in this town, as the city is home to one of the largest Jewish populations on the planet. This Jewish heritage is celebrated at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Here, you can learn all about the history, culture, artwork, trials, and tribulations of this ancient religious group. Our Manhattan personal injury lawyers have enjoyed the following collections here:


The "Accumulations" collection is a rotating collection of the accumulation of multiple examples of a specific type of work. Currently, this exhibition features a collection of 100 stereoscopic photographs of an area formerly known as the Holy Land. These photos depict such iconic holy sites as the Western Wall and the Dead Sea. The photos are one of the earliest examples of 3D technology and were shot at the dawn of the 20th century when stereograms were at peak popularity. At this exhibit, you can view the stereograms through individual stereopticons and see originals displayed in cases.


"Constellations" is an exhibition which explores how some of the museum's most important works are connected, but also stand alone as their own pieces.  This collection features 50 of the museum's most significant works and explores the thematic connections between them. Various aspects of Jewish culture, history, and values are shown through these pieces of art. The collection is made up of various forms of art from throughout history, spanning all the way from the 3rd to the 21st century. This includes a collection of Hannukah lamps and other religious objects from Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the United States. Artists featured in this exhibition include:

Masterpieces and Curiosities

"Masterpieces and Curiosities" is a series of installations which focuses on single pieces from the collection. The first iteration is on display through August 5, 2018, and showcases a charm bracelet created by a concentration camp prisoner in Czechoslovakia. There are also other works created in the same concentration camp on display here, along with images of the ghetto by photographer Judith Glickman Lauder.


"Personas" is a collection of portraits from ancient times all the way to the present day, which features either Jewish artists or Jewish subjects. These portraits help show how Jewish identity has changed throughout the years. Artists featured include:

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New York City has one of the largest and most impressive museum scenes in the world. These museums encompass a variety of subjects, but the collection of art museums here is particularly impressive. The Whitney Museum of Art is somewhat lesser known than giants like MoMA, but it's one of our favorites in the city. This museum mainly focuses on 20th and 21st century American art in a variety of media formats, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media artifacts from more than 3,000 different artists. Some current exhibitions our New York City personal injury lawyers enjoyed include:

Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables

American Gothic is one of the most recognizable paintings in the history of American art. The iconic portrait of a farmer holding a pitchfork with a woman assumed to be his wife has become an American icon, imitated and parodied in pop culture for decades. However, Grant Wood's career encompasses much more than this seminal painting. In Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables, the full spectrum of Wood's art is on display here. You can view an extensive collection including decorative objects, Impressionist oil paintings, murals, book illustrations, and his later mature paintings.

Zoe Leonard: Survey

Zoe Leonard is a New York-based photographer and sculpturist and one of the most revered artists of her generation. In Survey, her work is displayed in a large-scale exhibition in an American museum for the first time. Her works feature observations of daily life along with questions about politics and conditions of making and displaying images. Common themes include the history of photography, gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape.

Between The Waters

Between the Water gathers work from various artists from across the United States, with a common theme of discussing how technology, industry, and architecture affects the natural environment. Mediums include painting, video, and sculpture and the artists featured in this exhibit include:

These pieces aren't preachy - instead, they use an emotional and spiritual perspective to help us understand humanity's place in the natural world. Subjects include New York City's industrial transformation, institutionalized colonialism amongst indigenous groups, southern handcrafts, 16th-century architecture, history painting, and abstract art.

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections From The Whitney's Collection, 1940-2017

In this exhibition, protest themes in art are explored throughout the decades, from the 1940s until the present day. How have artists throughout the decades explored the political and social issues of their generation through their artwork? Throughout the past 80 years, artists have sought change and answers to problems like AIDS, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and more through various forms of artwork. The central theme is that artists have played a vital role in transforming their generations and shaping the future of their country.

Juan Antonio Olivares: Moléculas

Moléculas is a video project by Juan Antonio Olivares, presented alongside a collection of related drawings by the artist. The video tells an autobiographical story which discusses themes like family, loss, separation, and current political issues. Additionally, it explores how memories persist and affect us throughout our lives. The video uses 3D animation and is part of the Whitney Museum's permanent collection.

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New York City has one of the most famous culinary scenes on the planet. People from all over the globe live here, and chefs from virtually every country on Earth have brought their cuisine here and opened restaurants. Additionally, anyone who has dreams of making it big in the restaurant industry wants to come to New York, where their star can shine the brightest. The Upper West Side is home to some of the best restaurants in the world and new ones are opening every week. Our New York City personal injury lawyers are big fans of the following restaurants on the Upper West Side:

Jacob's Pickles

Jacob's Pickles is a southern comfort food restaurant and one of our favorite brunch spots in the city. Every dish we've tried has been packed with flavor, portions are huge, and the food really warms you up - it's a perfect place to dine on a brutally cold day in New York City.

Some of our favorite items on the menu here include:

The Milling Room

The Milling Room is an upscale restaurant and cocktail bar serving amazingly complex New American cuisine. It's a perfect choice if you're looking to indulge in a fancy meal after a day of sightseeing on the Upper West Side.

We're big fans of the following dishes at the Milling Room:

Calle Ocho

Located at Excelsior Hotel, Calle Ocho is a Latin restaurant specializing in Cuban cuisine. This is a very popular restaurant, as word about their delicious food has quickly spread - we recommend making a reservation at least one month in advance.

We recommend trying the following dishes at Calle Ocho:

Ella Kitchen & Bar

Ella Kitchen & Bar specializes in tapas and Mediterranean food. We've enjoyed meals here at brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks with some cocktails.

We love the following foods at Ella Kitchen & Bar:

Maison Pickle

Maison Pickle's menu heavily features sandwiches and comfort food with premium ingredients. This is also a sister restaurant to Jacob's Pickles.

Some of the most delicious choices on the menu at Maison Pickle include:

Lokal 83 Mediterranean Kitchen

Along with Ella, Lokal 83 is one of our favorite Mediterranean restaurants on the Upper West Side. It's a great choice for brunch on the weekends or dinner during the week.

Some of the best dishes we've tried here include:

The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn specializes in seafood and sandwiches and is another one of our favorite weekend brunch spots, but it's a great dinner option as well. They have other locations in Greenwich Village and the East Village as well.

You can't go wrong with the following dishes here:


Bustan is yet another incredible Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. It's a bit upscale but it's a great choice if you're looking to celebrate something with a fancy dinner.

We've enjoyed the following dishes at Bustan:


Tessa's diverse menu features a variety of Mediterranean, French, and Italian options. We've never had a meal here that was anything short of amazing.

You'll probably enjoy anything you try here, but some of our favorites include:


As you can probably guess from the name, Amelie is an excellent French restaurant and wine bar.

We love the following dishes at Amelie:

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For nearly 90 years, New York's Museum of Modern Art has been at the forefront of the modern art world. This iconic and influential museum houses a collection of approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of various ephemera about artists and groups. With a rotating exhibition collection of art projects from various mediums and parts of the world, there is always an interesting experience awaiting at MoMA. Our New York City personal injury attorneys love visiting here when we're looking to take in some culture. Some current exhibits on display here include:

Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Institutions, 1965-2016

This exhibition features over 290 works, including drawings, paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, videos, and performances which explore the idea of conceptual art. Since the 1960s, Adrian Piper has been exploring how the concepts behind works of art can be more important than the physical object. Additionally, her work asks questions about the social structures that shape our environments. This exhibition has been four years in the making and is the collaborative effort of Piper, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Being: New Photography 2018

MoMA holds their New Photography exhibition series every two years. This year's edition is titled Being and explores how photography can show what it means to be human. The exhibition asks how individuals are depicted through various photographic conventions, including masking, cropping, and fragmenting. The 2018 exhibition combines works from 17 artists from all over the world, at different times in their careers. All of these artists are presenting their work at MoMA for the first time.

Artists included in Being include:

Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art In Brazil

Tarsila do Amaral was born in São Paulo in the late 19th century, and by the 1920s, she had become one of Brazil's most famous artists. Her work is mostly in a Cubism style and depicts colorful landscapes as well as scenes of everyday life. Tarsila is an artistic giant in her homeland, but this exhibition is the first in the United States which is exclusively dedicated to her work. Over 100 paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and historical documents are on display here - drawn from collections from Latin America, Europe, and the United States.

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Midtown has a wide array of rooftop bars where you can enjoy a drink while taking in the breathtaking views of Manhattan's world-famous skyline. We think these bars offer some of the best views in the entire city. Our Midtown car accident lawyers recommend the following rooftop bars in Midtown if you're looking to enjoy some drinks with friends at the top of the city:

Henry's Rooftop Bar

Henry's is a cozy, relaxed rooftop bar located at the Roger Smith Hotel. It's a great place to take in some views of Manhattan's majestic skyline, with added ambiance from the string lights surrounding the bar. This is one of our favorite places to relax with drinks during summer evenings in the city. Drink prices are on par for what you'd expect in a Manhattan rooftop bar, with $15 cocktails and $8 draft beers.

Ophelia Lounge

Ophelia is a cocktail lounge on top of the Beekman Tower. It features a 360-degree greenhouse terrace and of course, breathtaking views of Manhattan. This is a fancy place, with pricey but refined cocktails and a diverse food menu.

Some of our favorite cocktails here include:

If you're feeling hungry, we recommend the following snacks and dishes:

RARE View Rooftop

In our opinion, Rare offers some of the best views of any rooftop bar in the city. You have a great view of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, World Trade Center, and other iconic Manhattan landmarks. You can take these views in while relaxing with your drink at the bar or on one of many comfortable couches.

The Heights at Arlo Hotel

The Heights is an upscale cocktail lounge located on the roof of the Arlo Hotel. We think this rooftop bar offers the best view of the Empire State Building. It also features a glass floor that you can stand on and look all the way down to the street if you're not too afraid of heights. They offer some tasty snacks to pair with your cocktails, including pizza and chips with your choice of guacamole, salsa, or ceviche.

The Press Lounge

The Press Lounge is one of the few Manhattan rooftop bars that are open year-round. It's surrounded by glass walls so that you can stay warm while still taking in the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the skyline. If you don't mind braving the cold, you can also step outside of the interior to get a better view. They offer a good mix of well-made cocktails, wines, and both standard domestic and craft beers. Additionally, their menu has a selection of small plates if you're feeling hungry.

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After a long day of work, relaxing with a few drinks at happy hour is one of the best ways to blow off some steam. Our New York City personal injury lawyers like to visit a few different bars in Midtown with good happy hour specials. This area of the city is full of different places where you can find your choice of delicious beers, wines, or cocktails. Some of our favorite destinations for happy hour in Midtown Manhattan include:


If you leave the office late, Reunion is a great choice for happy hour, as it runs all the way until 8 p.m. They serve a variety of expertly-crafted cocktails, along with some delicious Mexican food and other bar snacks. Their chill surfer theme also makes for an extremely relaxed atmosphere.

We're big fans of the following beverages at Reunion:

Some of our favorite food items to pair with our drinks at happy hour here include:

District Social

District Social's Happy Hour runs 7 days per week, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. The bar is has a great ambiance, with a classy decor featuring hardwood floors, exposed brick, and chandelier lighting. They also have an extensive food menu to go along with their delicious selection of drinks.

Some of our favorite beverages at District Social include:

And if you're feeling a bit hungry after work, we recommend the following dishes:


Juniper specializes in cocktails and delectable bar food. Their happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. and we love coming here when we're hungry or in the mood for a fancy cocktail.

Some of our favorite cocktails at Juniper include:

We love all of the food we've tried here, but some of the dishes we keep returning to include:

Clinton Hall

Clinton Hall has only been open for a little over a month, but this beer hall has quickly become one of our favorite happy hour spots. Their happy hour runs from 3-7 pm, with a menu to match - drink specials run from $3-$7. They offer a rotating selection of 20 craft beers, along with 20 special burgers to match. The atmosphere here is fun and inviting, with an open space and variety of bar games.

We're big fans of the following food items on the Clinton Hall menu:

The Stag's Head

The Stag's Head is a lowkey bar in Midtown East, which offers an excellent selection of beers, wines, and cocktails along with some unique takes on classic bar food favorites. The food here pairs very well with their wide selection of craft beers.

We love the following items on the food menu at The Stag's Head:

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Nearly everyone understands the hazards that movers face when they go to work every day. Lifting injuries from moving heavy loads, punctures from sharp objects, and slip and fall injuries plague movers on a daily basis. But one of the last things that any mover anticipates is that the elevator which is supposed to help lighten their load will cause them harm.

A Sudden Stop Results In Spinal Damage

On the day of his accident, the plaintiff was working in a high-rise in Manhattan. He had successfully loaded a chair and a sofa into the elevator on the ground floor and had started the journey to the upper levels.

movers packing boxes

At around the fourth floor, without warning, the elevator jumped and came to a sudden stop. The force of the unexpected movement caused him to fall. After he stood up, the elevator suddenly dropped and fell again, causing him to once again fall. Then, the elevator remained frozen and he had to await rescue for more than three hours.

After being rescued, he was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was diagnosed with injuries to his shoulder, neck, and back, caused by the falls inside the elevator. Over the next several years, his treatments included physical therapy, trigger point injections, arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, a discectomy, and fusion of his spine. He alleges that these injuries and the side effects of the surgery have left him with a limited range of motion and physical restrictions that prevent him from working. He was just 23-years-old at the time of the accident.

Complaint Filed Against Building Owners

The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the owners of the building, alleging that the elevator had malfunctioned in the past due to a door misalignment and dirt in the track had caused the misalignment. He further alleged that six months prior to his accident, a similar problem had occurred and that the building owners were well aware of the issue and the cause.

In his complaint, he sought compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost earnings.

In response, the defense claimed that his injuries were sustained prior to the issues with the elevator and that he was exaggerating how limited his physical capabilities are.

The case did go to trial after the plaintiffs turned down an offer to settle for $100,000. After each side presented their cases in a 15-day trial, the jury determined during three hours of deliberations that the defendants were at fault and awarded the plaintiff $6.06 million in damages.

Doesn’t Workers’ Compensation Handle On The Job Injuries?

It is true that the majority of workers in any industry in New York are covered by workers’ compensation if they sustain an on the job injury. But despite the fact that this insurance coverage is supposed to help any injured worker even if they contributed to the accident that caused their injury, a disturbing number of workers’ comp claims are denied - nearly 50%.

Even if the claim is approved, payments will only cover medical expenses for a set period of time and at most, the worker will recover only a fraction of their lost wages. For a 23-year-old whose whole life is ahead of them, workers’ compensation can’t even begin to ease their financial suffering.

That’s why so many people also choose to pursue a NYC work accident lawsuit.

Premise Liability Law

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their property so that any residents or visitors are kept from harm. Regular inspections of the property should occur and if a hazard is discovered, then an immediate repair needs to be made or signs placed around the area warning of the issue. When a known hazard requires additional maintenance, like cleaning the track of an elevator so that dirt doesn’t accumulate, the owner is responsible for making sure that occurs. If they fail to do so, they can and will be held legally liable.

Banville Law Offers Free Consultations

Our team of attorneys understands how stressful this time can be and that many of our clients come to us concerned about their finances. That’s why we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee. Our fee is discussed upfront and then, only when the client obtains compensation through a settlement or successful verdict, do we get paid. If we don’t win the case, we don’t get paid. That way, our clients have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

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Potholes in the roads and sidewalks of New York City are nothing new, but the pothole problems the city is experiencing are starting to add up. As the winters get more brutal in the New York City area, the number of potholes continues to grow. While the city is doing its best at fixing potholes, there are still hundreds of millions of dollars in pothole claims and a perpetual stream of accidents due to potholes that have become more than just a nuisance to the city. Our New York City slip and fall accident attorneys have handled a number of lawsuits caused by these dangerous potholes.

Tackling Sidewalk Potholes In New York City

There are approximately 6,000 miles of sidewalks in New York City, and every mile is subject the same conditions that create potholes in the streets. Prior to 2003, the law in New York City said that the only way a resident who was injured in a sidewalk pothole could make a claim against the city, was if the city had been notified about the pothole prior to the injury.

In 2003, ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg changed that law to make property owners responsible for injuries sustained on New York City sidewalks. That meant that the retail business or residential rental property that was located on the property that led up to the sidewalk was responsible for reporting the sidewalk damage. If someone was hurt and the sidewalk damage had not been reported, then the victim could sue the property owner.

The only two cases where the city may still be responsible for your injuries is if the city owns the property near the sidewalk, or if the property is a residential property where the property owner lives. Otherwise, property owners in New York City could be liable for pothole injuries that occur on the sidewalks in front of their properties.

Addressing Pothole Issues

According to Metro Magazine, New York City had repaired an estimated 113,100 potholes by the middle of February 2014. This number was up from the same time in 2013 and 2012 and was an indication of how bad the problem was getting.

At that time, Mayor de Blasio added $7.3 million to the city's Department of Transportation budget to do weekly pothole hunts to repair the largest potholes in the city. The new budget increase also included funding for ways to improve the quality of the asphalt being used on city streets and in the patches being used for the potholes, and to find ways to make the roads last longer. But as 2015 started to get underway, it was obvious that the city still had a lot of work to do.

An Increase In Lawsuits Ensues

The New York Daily News indicates that the city of New York has paid out approximately $138 million in pothole claims from 2009 to 2015. The bad weather and poor road conditions during those years led to around 4,000 lawsuits that the city could not win. In 2015, the city announced it was going to be more strategic in the potholes it fills, and it was going to repave 2,500 miles of city streets by 2017. All of this effort is being done to hopefully make 80 percent of all city streets pothole-free.

While the plans seem to be in place to fix the pothole problems, the city's backup plan does not give observers a whole lot of confidence in the results. It is estimated that New York City budgets around $732 million dollars every year just to settle pothole lawsuits. While everyone agrees that the money could be better spent, no one has really come up with a permanent solution to the pothole problem.

Every major American city that gets snow during the winter experiences its share of pothole problems that create accidents and unfortunate injuries. As the weather gets more intense during the winters, New York City seems to be fighting a losing battle when it comes to getting its pothole problems under control. The city is allocating more funds to settle pothole lawsuits than it is to fix pothole problems, and that is never a good sign.

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Tribeca or TriBeCa is an area of Lower Manhattan, New York City. The name Tribeca is a portmanteau (French for "suitcase") of Triangle Below Canal Street. The triangle is the shape of the neighborhood, surrounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway and Vesey or Chambers Streets.

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Tribeca Development & Demographics

Tribeca was one of the earliest residential neighborhoods developed in New York. Residential development started in the late 18th century. In the mid-19th century, the neighborhood took shape to become a commercial center, complete with stores and loft buildings that were built along Broadway in the 1850s and 1860s.

The twentieth century brought new changes to the area, in the 1960s specifically, when the industrial base dwindled. Empty commercial spaces started to attract numerous artists in the 1970s. From the 1980s onwards, much of the area has since been converted into an upscale residential area.  So upscale and coveted is this section of town that now celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jay Z and Beyoncé call Tribeca home.

Tribeca is far less diverse than Manhattan as a whole. In Tribeca, 82.34% of residents are White, 7.96% are Asian, 4.89% are Black, 0.03% are Pacific Islander and 1.66% are from other races. Cosmopolitan as Tribeca may be, with about 18.2% of the population being foreign born, its residents aren't representative of the borough. Manhattan-wide, about 48% of residents are White, with 13% being Black and 11.2% being Asian. While only 6.43% of Tribeca's residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, more than 25% of Manhattan's total population do.

Tribeca Film Festival

When 9/11 happened, this neighborhood was affected physically and financially. However, the area received government grants and other incentives that enabled it to recover a bit quicker. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded to be a part of the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.

Since its inception, the festival has grown into a venue showcasing both big budget and independent movies. Each spring, narratives, documentaries, shorts and features are screened around Lower Manhattan. For the remainder of the year, the screening rooms show other movies and double as private event spaces. This year the festival starts April 13th to 24th. There will be a new feature called Tribeca Talks: Storytellers, a series of in-depth talks with leading creators in their respective fields.

Museums & Galleries Around

With the founding of the Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour in 1996, a nonprofit artist-run organization with the goal of empowering working artists and providing opportunities for educating the public, the area became a creative enclave. Here are some museums and galleries that are must-visit meccas in Tribeca.

1. Philip Williams Posters

It's a poster museum! Philip Williams Posters is a museum that has been buying and selling vintage posters for over 40 years. This gallery, a New York City institution, has one of the largest private vintage poster collections in the world, and it's the only one of its kind in America. The types of artifacts that you can see there include poster books, collections of original paintings and sculptures.

2. Let There Be Neon

Let There Be Neon is a gallery that has been one of the most renowned suppliers and creators of custom neon signage. This gallery has also produced neon wings for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, as well as the halo-lit stainless steel signs of Kiehl's stores. When you visit this neon spectacular you will see vintage and stock items, as well as recent projects on display. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind gallery.

3. Apexart

Apexart was established in 1994 as a not-for-profit art space. Over 1,500 artists have been hosted here since the space opened. Every year there are seven gallery shows, including eight international residency programs for overseas artists. This space exists to give opportunities to independent curators, as well as to artists who are starting out and to those who have already made a name for themselves. You can check out their latest exhibitions here.

Attention Literary Lovers

In Tribeca, your aesthetic senses will definitely be on high alert, but it's not all visual art on display. Book lovers can find a number of unique museums and shops to satisfy their craving for word-play.

1. Fountain Pen Hospital

It's not that kind of medical hospital. Fountain Pen Hospital has been around since 1946 and was established as a place that simply promotes pens. When you visit you can switch off from modern day technology and sit yourself at a desk and write, not type on a qwerty keyboard.

2. The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop is perhaps the neighborhood's most infamous meeting place for bibliophiles, and one of the world's most well-known shops devoted to the genre. You'll find hardcover books, paperbacks and even periodicals. The bookshop has been around for more than 34 years and includes a remarkable collection of rare items. You can also be a part of the bookshop's Crime Clubs, where readers and collectors have access to signed first editions from leading authors.


If you are taking the subway to Tribeca the following lines will get you there:

1 to Canal St, A,C,E to Canal St., 1 to Franklin St., N,Q,R,W to Canal St., 1,2 to Chambers St., A,C to Chambers St., R,W to City Hall, 2,3 to Park Pl., and E to World Trade Center.

Getting Medical & Police Help

The closest hospitals and police station in the area are:

New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital

170 Williams Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 312-5000

NYPD 1st Precinct
16 Ericsson Place,
New York, NY, 10013-2411
(212) 334-0611

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Chinatown, Manhattan is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. It's one of the biggest Chinatowns in all of America. The neighborhood is bordered by the Lower East Side, Little Italy to the north, Civic Center to the south and Tribeca to the West. Nearby, you can find our Manhattan personal injury law firm.

Growth Of Manhattan's Chinatown

This Chinatown is one of nine Chinatown neighborhoods in NYC. A man named Ah Ken is the first recorded immigrant to permanently settle in Manhattan. Ken, a Cantonese businessman, is believed to have arrived during the 1840s. He ended up founding a successful cigar store on Park Row.

More and more Chinese immigrants began to immigrate to the area in the mid-19th century. The numbers increased with the arrival of Chinese miners who were part of the gold rush in the 1840s. Most immigrants came for the sole purpose of working, earning money, and hoped to return to China with their earnings. For many immigrants, however, things turned out more difficult than they'd hoped.

Chinatown continued to grow throughout the end of the nineteenth century and more people continued to arrive well after the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in 1882. After the act was lifted, steady growth continued throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

Demographics & Culture

This particular area doubles as a residential and commercial area. The population is generally estimated to be between 90,000 to 100,000 people. Originally, there were more Cantonese-speaking Chinese migrants, however, in the late 1980s to 90s new immigrants from Fuzhou moved into the area and they spoke Mandarin.

The majority of businesses in this area are Cantonese-owned, as there is still a big Cantonese population. There is a marked difference between the two communities living in Chinatown. While the Cantonese section primarily serves Chinese customers, it's also a major tourist attraction. The Furzhou section of the neighborhood, on the other hand, doesn't serve as many tourists. Furthermore, the housing in this area is still primarily made up of tight tenement buildings, some even dating back to over 100 years.

Top 4 Attractions

There's so much history and culture in the area that it's hard for us to pick a short list of things you should see. But if we had to choose, we'd highly recommend the following:

1. Museum Of Chinese In America

Located on Centre Street, the Museum Of The Chinese In America was founded in 1980. It is one of the neighborhood's most cultured tourist attractions. The permanent exhibition space is dedicated to telling much of the history mentioned above including the influence Bruce Lee had on the culture all the way to modern day. Don't think boring museum with a guide here, this museum is interactive and you get to experience first hand what the first Chinese immigrants experienced when they came to America. On Thursdays, admission is free and you have up until 9pm to make it through the door.

2. Mahayana Buddhist Temple

The Mahayana Buddhist Temple might be what you are looking for to get yourself grounded. The temple is open to the public at no charge and provides a vast meditation area with a lot of space to rest and reflect.

Reflection can take place while you look at a 16-foot-high golden Buddha. The Buddha isn't the only highlight of this temple. You can also see intricately carved ivory, which is found on the second floor gift shop, but none can be bought.

3. Nom Wah Tea Parlor

The Nom Wah Tea Parlor was opened in 1920 and is the oldest dim sum parlor in New York City. The parlor has a charm to it that is reminiscent of the past.

In the early days, the parlor offered neighborhood staples like Chinese pastries, steamed buns, tea, and of course dim sum. Nom Wah Tea gained popularity for its almond cookie, red bean filling and lotus paste used for moon cake for the autumn festival.

4. New Kam Man

New Kam Man is a tri-level grocery store found on Canal Street. It's a one-stop-shop, and by one-stop, we mean one stop. You can find roasted-meats, pork and chopped duck to order, a noodle bar, bubble tea as well as medicinal herbs. The top floor is dedicated to beauty products. You can also find kitchen goods like rice makers and dishware, as well as traditional Chinese porcelain and imported goods from Japan. It's opened daily and it truly lives up to being an Asian specialty shop.

Getting There

The best starting point to get you there via subway is by taking the subway from Canal Street station using the 4, 6, J, N, Q, R, Z. Other subway routes to take are from Grand Street, B and D. Bus routes include the M5, M9, M15, M103.

Emergency Services

For emergency contact details, see the following hospital and police services:

Mount Sinai Doctors Chinatown

168 Centre Street, 3M Floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 731-3610

NYPD 5th Precinct

19 Elizabeth Street,
New York, NY, 10013-4803
(212) 334-0711

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Nolita or NoLIta is derived from North of Little Italy, it is a neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Surrounding Nolita is Houston Street on the north, Bowery on the east, Broome Street to the south, and Lafayette Street on the west. Our New York City personal injury attorneys have found a list of restaurants that they recommend you visit while you're in Nolita.

Nolita History & Character

Nolita has been seen as a part of Little Italy. However, it now bears little resemblance to the original Italian character it had decades before due to the migration of Italian-Americans out of Manhattan. Although many Italian-Americans are leaving Nolita, there are still many elderly descendants of Italian immigrants who live in the neighborhood.

One event that still carries on in the neighborhood is the Feast of San Gennaro which is dedicated to Saint Januarius. The feast takes place every year after Labor Day on Mulberry Street between Houston and Grand Streets. Fans of The Godfather might well recall seeing this feast when it was recreated on Elizabeth Street between Prince and Houston in The Godfather Part III.

The neighborhood started to experience change in the second half of the 1990s, following a wave of yuppies and new pricier boutiques to the neighborhood, as well as trendy restaurants and bars. This change in neighborhood dynamics and demographics led to a name change to what is now known as Nolita, marking the area as a new upscale neighborhood like SoHo.

An Italian Dining Experience

For more than a century the area has been a hub for community, celebration, tradition, and food! With new blood in the neighborhood, there are new restaurateurs who are making the area trendy for the foodies. Here are some places you can explore for some food flare.

1.  Rubirosa

This Italian restaurant found on Mulberry St at Spring street is a family-run Italian-American restaurant and pizzeria. You can find thin-crust pizza as well as a variety of fresh-made pasta. There is also a unique collection of Italian focused wines, cocktails, and spirits. The atmosphere in Rubirosa is comfortable with an at home feel, which makes it a good pick if you want to have family-style gatherings.

2. Peasant

Known as a cozy and romantic Italian restaurant, Peasant offers a multi-regional menu with traditional, rustic dishes
that change seasonally with a focus on farm to table and Italian products. You can look forward to signature dishes such as whole grilled orata and spit-roasted suckling pig, don't be shocked when you see the pigs hanging. The chef and owner of the restaurant look to give everyone who dines in his restaurant an authentic Italian food experience.

Some Mexican Flare

It may have originally been packed with Italians but you can still find some Mexican food in the area, such as:

Where To Get A Coffee Buzz

Who does not appreciate a good caffeine buzz? Nolita surely has its fair share of caffeine spots that deserve some buzz. Take a chance on some of these places for your cuppa joe.

Which Trains Will Get You There

Subways that will get you there are the B, D, F, V, to Broadway-Lafayette, 6 to Spring St, J, M to Bowery, 6 to Canal St and J,M, Z to Canal St.

Getting Help

Should you need to go to a hospital or the police department, the following contacts should help.

Judson Health Center

34 Spring Street,
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-5000

NYPD 9th Precinct

321 East 5 Street,
New York, NY, 10003
(212) 477-7811

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In NY, snow is a way of life at least six months out of the year. The people of NY have learned to drive in snow, walk in snow, and even have fun with the snow that is on the ground. However, when you own a building with tenants, snow adds a new layer of responsibility that you must be accountable for.

When it comes to property safety precautions, the property owner is ultimately responsible, but snow removal can be one of the tenant responsibilities if it is outlined properly in the lease. Keep reading for more information from our NY slip and fall accident lawyers.

The Snow Removal Parameters Are Specific

When it comes to snow removal on the streets and sidewalks of NYC, the rules are very specific. If snow falls on your property between 7:00 a.m. and 4:49 p.m., then it must be shoveled by 8:49 p.m. that night. If snow falls on your property between 5:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m., then the property owner has 14 hours to remove the snow. It is not clear if the NYC government somehow tags snowflakes based on when they fall, but you can safely assume that such strict guidelines are enforced on a regular basis.

As for where the snow is to be placed, the city has very specific guidelines for that as well. Snow cannot be shoveled into the city streets, and a property owner cannot push snow from their property onto neighboring crosswalks. The rules are in black and white when it comes to snow removal, but the responsibility of removing snow is not so well-defined.

When Do Tenant Responsibilities Include Snow Removal?

It should be clearly stated that the owner or manager of a rental property is always responsible for removing snow from their walks and driveways, according to city ordinances. But, property owners can always work out some sort of arrangement with tenants to help relieve some of the stress that can come with snow removal.

For large apartment complexes and apartment buildings with multiple units, the best approach is for the property owner or manager to handle snow removal on their own. If you try to get multiple tenants involved, then you are only asking for problems. If you try to push the job onto one tenant, then you are putting too much responsibility into the hands of one person. The manager or owner should do the job themselves, or contract out to a property management company to get the job done.

Single-Family Units

Property owners who rent out single-family dwellings have a bit more flexibility than those who own large complexes. Property owners can present potential tenants with a monthly rental price that includes the property owner removing the snow, or the property owner can offer a discount to the tenant if the tenant removes the snow.


If you do offer your tenant the opportunity to have a reduced rent for removing snow, then it is important to outline exactly what those responsibilities entail in the lease. You must tell the tenant when the snow is to be removed, where the snow is to be placed, and how wide the paths must be when the job is done. If you are not specific about what needs to be done, then you are at the mercy of the tenant and you could be facing fines for an improperly managed property.

Snow removal can be tedious, difficult and stressful, but if you live in NY, then shoveling snow is the way things are for a big part of the year. Property owners need to examine snow removal laws carefully, and then make good decisions on whether or not it is a smart idea to offer tenants a discount for getting involved in the snow removal process.

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In our weekly accident round up report, New York City had several accidents in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. One of the fatal accidents involved a crane collapse that killed a man sitting in a parked car. Continue reading to learn more, provided by our Manhattan car accident law firm.

Rochester, NY: Snow And Ice Cause Car To Slide And Kills Two People

On February 10th, police in Rochester reported that two people died when their car slid into the path of another car. The street the accident took place on was covered in snow and ice.

Police stated that the accident took place on Lake Avenue a little after 11 p.m. The driver of a Honda Accord headed north, lost control of his vehicle due to the ice on the road and landed into the southbound lane where it was hit by a Jeep Wrangler.

The passenger in the Honda Accord died at Strong Memorial Hospital and the driver died later on at the same hospital. The Jeep Wrangler driver escaped with a leg injury.

Queens, NY: 16 Year-Old-Girl Hit And Killed By Car

A 16-year-old girl was hit and killed as she was trying to cross a busy intersection in Queens. According to the police the driver of the car did not stay on the scene of the accident.

The teenager was hit at Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in the early hours of Wednesday. She was immediately taken to hospital where she later died.

The investigation of this accident is still underway.

North Massapequa, NY: Long-Island Motorist Accused Of Leaving An Accident Scene

Seventy-seven year old Francis Ossandone, is being accused of leaving the scene of an accident after he fatally struck a man riding his bike.

According to Nassau County police, the accident most likely took place in North Massapequa on Sunday evening.

Ossandone was later found and arrested at his Bethpage home and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. He is to be arraigned.

The man who was hit and killed in this incident was 59-year-old Francis Llanos of Seaford.

Seneca Falls, NY: Tractor Trailer Hits And Kills Worker

On Saturday morning a worker was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer that was unloading at a landfill in central New York.

The accident took place at Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca County, which is about 34 miles southwest of Syracuse. This accident is being investigated by the police as well as by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Seneca Meadows is one of the biggest landfills in operation in the state with 2,600 acres and various other facilities.

New York City, NY: School Bus Crash Leaves One Woman Dead

On February 5th, Friday evening, a school bus went over a curb in New York City and hit and killed a woman in

The New York Police Department states that the 50-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was hit.

Early investigations reveal that a car cut off the school bus and caused it to go over the curb hitting the woman. The woman died on the scene.

Police are still investigating this accident, however, no arrests have been made yet.

New York City, NY: Parked Cars Crash  Leaves One Dead And Two Severely Injured

On February 5, 2016 there was a crane collapse that took place in New York. The crane smashed the roofs of parked cars.

The crane collapsed across an intersection and was stretched for almost a block in the Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.

A building close by was damaged and there was debris everywhere on the street. One person was trapped in a car and onlookers tried to help him get out. The person killed in this accident was sitting in a parked car.

Syracuse, NY: Thruway Accidents Connected To Whiteout Conditions

On February 11th, police investigated multiple accidents that took place in the morning on  a three mile stretch of road on Interstate 90 westbound near Weedsport.

Police reported that drivers who were between milemarkers 302 and 305 near Brutus/Weedsport experienced whiteout conditions when the accidents happened.

Some of the crashes involved multiple tractor-trailer trucks and multiple cars.

One of the released accidents involved a 52-year-old man from Oswego who was gravely injured in a crash that involved two tractor-trailers and one passenger car. The man was transported to Upstate Medical Center to be treated.

Most of the accidents are still under investigation as police state that most of them occurred due to the weather.

Autumn In New York: Trip And Fall Accidents From Unswept Leaves

The Garment District, also referred to as the Garment Center, the Fashion District or the Fashion Center, is a neighborhood found in the Manhattan borough of New York City. The Garment District is less than 1 square mile and lies between Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue from 34th to 42nd streets.

Garment District As The Epicenter Of Fashion

The Garment District houses a lot of New York City's showrooms and major fashion labels. It caters to all aspects of the fashion process from design, production and wholesale selling. Since the early 20th century the Garment Center has been recognized as the center for fashion manufacturing and fashion design in America.

The majority of New York City's annual sales come from the Garment District. Fashion labels that you will find there include, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and more. Most fashion labels have showrooms, production facilities or supported offices in the area.

Five Garment Center Things To See And Do

A visit to this area is worthwhile whether you are a fashionista or budding designer or are simply interested to know what this small but mighty area has to offer. Our Manhattan personal injury law firm has provided things to explore while in the Garment District.

1. Mood Fabrics

Mood Fabrics has almost become synonymous with the Heidi Klum hosted fashion show, Project Runway. A visit to Garment District would not be complete without visiting Mood. Mood Fabrics is the number-one shopping destination for fashion fabric in the world. The store has been named one of "Fashion's 50 Most Powerful" by The New York Times Daily. Mood has played an important role in the fashion world for over twenty years. Majority of the store's clientele has always been fashion designers, fashion students and home sewers. Now due to the popularity of Project Runway, hundreds of non-sewing tourists visit the store daily, perhaps hoping to catch a glimpse of Tim Gunn or Swatch- the store's dog.

2. Lazzara's Pizza Cafe

Lazzara's Pizza Cafe has been serving delicious pizza in the area for over 30 years. Time Out New York has rated the cafe in its Top 10 best pizza in New York. Lazzara's Pizza Cafe opened in 1985 at 221 West 38th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Those familiar with the Garment District know that Lazzara's serves the best pizza in the area, making it a definite spot to pop in for a slice or two.

3. Midtown Comics

Calling all Marvel Comics and DC Comics lovers. Visit the Midtown Comics store at the corner on 7th Avenue. This is the biggest comic book store in America. DC Comics is well known for celebrity appearances of outside the comic book industry. Midtown Comics has also developed a reputation for being one of the most media-friendly comic stores in the country. Midtown's staff was consulted by big shot media outlets in 2009 in connection with the appearance of President Obama in a Spider-Man issue, and later in connection with the release of the blockbuster Avatar.

4. OM Factory

To get some mind, body and spirit relaxation, visit the OM Factory. OM Factory is the place for you to stretch out and 'hang' in an Aerial Yoga class. OM Factory Yoga Center is also called an urban oasis that allows you to experience some transformational wellness. You can get some exercise through an AcroYoga class, Aerial Yoga, meditation or attend one of their workshops or retreats.

5. Refinery Hotel

See the sun set on top of a rooftop lounge at Refinery Hotel. The Refinery is one of the best boutique Bryant Park hotels in New York City, found in the center of the Fashion District. What you will also find in the hotel is a prohibition style tea lounge, a silver coffee trailer, signature restaurant and a rooftop bar that's divided into three distinct sections. On the rooftop you'll see views of The Empire State Building over all New York City Hotels.

Police & Hospital Contacts In The Area

If you encounter a need for the police or hospital in the Fashion Center, contact the following:

Midtown South Precinct

357 West 35th Street
New York, NY, 10001-1701
(212) 239-9811

Mount Sinai Hospital
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
212-241-6500 or 212-590-3300

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The West Village is part of the western section of the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. West Village is surrounded by the Hudson River to its West and Sixth Avenue to the east, spreading from West 14th Street south to West Houston Street.

The neighborhood is filled with 19th-century townhouses and cobblestone streets, which have not changed much from the time they were built. West Village has been part of social and counter-cultural movements such as the breakthrough of experimental theater and Beat literature in the 1950s and the Stonewall Riots that sparked the national gay liberation movement. These are some of the moments that still characterize the West Village now, as evidenced by the displays of its diversity and commitment to tolerance and inclusion.

Five West Village Must-Sees

This area is one of New York's most famous neighborhoods, filled with trendy restaurants and designer boutiques. A popular barhopping neighborhood, there are other attractions that make the West Village what it is today. Here are some of the places you can check out, provided by our Manhattan personal injury law firm.

1. Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street was once the focal point of the folk scene in the sixties, as well as the home of the basement apartment where Bob Dylan wrote "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall". A walk down this street will introduce you to a mix of bars and souvenir shops as well as graffiti riddled tenements and dive bars. As you keep moving along the street, you'll get to the more designer-friendly part of the street where you'll see well-maintained townhouses with locals draped in designer clothes.

2. Magnolia Bakery

The much loved West Village bakery opened its first location the neighborhood in 1996. Magnolia Bakery is well
known for its classic American baked goods, vintage decor and an inviting atmosphere. A change in ownership in 2007 saw the bakery expand to other locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Honolulu, Mexico City, Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow City, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Kuwait City and Doha. With a cupcake of the day on the menu 7 days of the week as well as baking classes on offer, there is plenty to love about Magnolia Bakery.

3.  The Church of St. Luke in the Fields

True to the neighborhood's inclusion history, The Church of St. Luke in the the Fields, is an Episcopal parish with two female reverends and is attended by a strong gay and lesbian congregation. St. Luke's is known as both progressive and pro-active. The thrift shop that is part of the church sells designer clothing and other trinkets that help the parochial school. The church was built on land that was donated by Clement Clarke Moore, author of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

4. Hudson River Park

The Hudson River Park is the longest waterfront park in the United States. It is a four-mile transformation of decaying piers and parking lots along Manhattan's West side. Now it is an urban recreational paradise that attracts over 17 million visitors a year. The Park has plenty of recreational and educational activities for both locals and visitors, and it plays a pivotal role in protecting the Hudson River environment.

5. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center was founded in 1938. The center is used by more than 400 groups, including groups like Trans Friends & Families and organizations such as ACT UP. There are over 12,000 LGBT books and videos that you can borrow from the small lending library in the center. There is also a Keith Haring mural in the building that commemorates the Stonewall Riots' 20th anniversary.

Neighborhood Demographics & Crime

The West Village has roughly 34,000 residents according to the 2010 Census Tracts for Manhattan  Community District 2. The neighborhood is made up of 10% of people who are less than 20 years old, 45% are between the ages of 20-39 years old. Females between the ages of 20-39 make up 25% of the people in the West Village. 80% of the population was born in America. The average household income in accordance to census tract was $180,000 in comparison to $51,000 average household income by state for all of the US.

In terms of crime in the neighborhood, there were roughly nine crime complaints per day in the West Village area year-to-date as of May 12, 2013.

Emergency Contact Details

The NYPD Sixth Precinct serves this area and their contact details are as follows:

NYPD 6th Precinct
233 W 10th St,
New York, NY 10014
(212) 741-4811

For any hospital visits, the Lenox Health Greenwich Village is the closest in the area.

Lenox Health Greenwich Village
30 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(646) 665-6000

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Commonly known as "the Village" by locals, Greenwich Village is a neighborhood found on the West Side of Lower Manhattan. There are four zip codes that make up the Village- 10011, 10012, 10013, and 10014, and living in any one of these zip codes does not come cheap with all zones ranked as the most expensive in America according to Forbes.

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Greenwich Village's Bohemian Reputation

Greenwich Village has been widely known as a haven for artists as well as a bohemian capital and the place of the modern LGBT movement. The Village is considered colorful due to its artistic residents, and the alternative culture they are a part of. The residents have also had a reputation for having progressive attitudes making it the central place for new movements and ideas in different facets of life. Part of the progressive nature of the Village came about in the 19th and 20th centuries when art galleries, small presses and experimental theater developed.

Some of the events that carried on the bohemian progressive reputation of Greenwich Village include the Village hosting the first racially integrated nightclub in America when the club Cafe Society opened its doors in 1938. Cafe Society promoted African American talent and was purposed to be the American counterpart of political cabarets in Europe pre-World War II. Legendary artists such as Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Lena Horne and so many more performed there.

Another notable achievement of the neighborhood is the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade which started in 1974. The creator of this parade was puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee. The Halloween parade is known to be the largest in the world and is the United States' only big after dark parade. The parade attracts over 60,000 Halloween costume-clad participants and is viewed by over 100 million people via television.

Off-Off Broadway & Musical Experiences In The Village

In the 1950s the Village attracted a wave of residents running away from perceived social conformity, made up of writers, poets, artists, students, and Beatniks who shaped the next decade of the hippie scene. Off-off Broadway started in 1958 as a contrast to Broadway and a rejection of commercial theater. Here are some of the places that came from the area's music and theater renaissance.

1. Cherry Lane Theatre

Located in a landmark building in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre describes itself as an important "lab for the development of new American works and is the home for groundbreaking productions of both new and classic theatre". Opening in 1924, this theatre has produced plays by well known, at the time budding, writers such as F.Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Odets, T.S. Eliot, David Mamet among others.

2. The Bitter End

Founded in 1961, The Bitter End is New York City's oldest rock and roll club. It is in the heart of Greenwich Village where the club has welcomed legends like Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Curtis Mayfield, Neil Diamond, Norah Jones and so many others. What you can expect in the club on any given night is a variety of live music such as rock, blues, alternative, hip-hop, spoken word, a capella, jazz, funk, and country. On some nights they host open jam sessions for newcomers and aspiring musicians.

3. The Blue Note

Recognized as a cultural institution in the Village and one of the premier jazz clubs in the world, The Blue Note has experienced over 30 years of success since it started in 1981. The Blue Note aims to preserve the history of jazz and also encourages progression and innovation to the foundations of jazz. The Blue Note has been pivotal in developing local musicians in the area by allowing them the opportunity to perform there. There are two other Blue Note venues, one in Milan, Italy and the other in Japan.

How To Get There

Greenwich Village has many subway lines that pass through the area. You can take the 8th Avenue A, C, E trains, or the 6th Avenue B, D, F, M trains, 14th Street L trains and the 7th Avenue 1,2,3  trains among other subways available going to the Village. Buses available are the M5, M7, M11, M14, and M20.

Where To Get Help

Lenox Health Greenwich Village and NYPD 6th precinct are the closest hospital and police departments serving the area and the contact details are as follows:

Lenox Health Greenwich Village

30 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(646) 665-6000

NYPD 6th Precinct

233 W 10th St,
New York, NY 10014
(212) 741-4811

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The Meatpacking District is a neighborhood in New York City, close to our personal injury lawyers in Manhattan. Meatpacking District runs from West 14th Street south of Gansevoort Street and from the Hudson River east of Hudson Street.

Meatpacking District


History Of The Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District used to be a residential area, but there have been markets in existence dating back to the 1840s. By the 20th century, the neighborhood had rows of open-air meat markets, meatpacking plants and pork and veal packers. In addition, there were lumberyards and tenements in the area. by the 1930s slaughterhouses in the neighborhood produced the country's third-largest amount of dressed meats. Although the neighborhood has changed over the years, five meatpacking companies still operate in the district.

The neighborhood started to change in the 1960s when some of New York City's first underground gay clubs opened there. The 1970s led to shops being opened with a focus on gay clientele and by the mid-80s a new restaurant called Florent brought in a different vibe in the neighborhood. The arrival of the Gansevoort Hotel brought in a new crowd of foodies, fashion lovers, and party-goers drawn to the shopping, late-night places, and food places that were making up the district. Although the area started out as an industrial meatpacking section, and it may still have its meatpacking remnants in some parts, it appeals more to the trendy people and celebrities alike- leading it to garner a reputation of being a 24-hour neighborhood.

High-End Shopping Epicenter

In 1999 the opening of Jeffrey, a highbrow and exclusive clothing store, marked the change of more high-end shops changing the structure of the area. Brands like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Yigal Azrouel also docked here but have since moved out. Here are some of the high-end stores that are found in the area.

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) flagship opened in 2007. The building is a store, office, and design studio all in one. Having DVF's presence in the area catapulted the fashion business in the Meatpacking District. You also can't miss the building which is an ode to the classic wrap dress first debuted by DVF in the 70s with a glass front with curving interiors.

Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone is also present in the District with a minimalist "chic-meets-boho" vibe. Bringing the trendy persona that has now become the Meatpacking District, Rag & Bone brings wearable clothing that cleverly blends classic tailoring with an edgy and understated New York aesthetic.

Christian Louboutin

The famous red-sole, high-heels is also part of the area located at 59 Horatio St. (Greenwich St). It's believed that the opening of Louboutin as well as Louboutin's first men's-only store launched at the same time, brought a sense of exclusivity to the area. Not only that, there was more of a luxury brand stamp placed on the neighborhood.

High-End Dining

With a name like Meatpacking District, one would expect to find meat in this area right? Well, yes and not only does this neighborhood have meat there are some upscale restaurants that are worth pointing out.

Old Homestead Steakhouse

Old Homestead Steakhouse opened in 1868 as a dockworkers' chophouse. Laid back people are the ones drawn to this place where you'll find sashimi, seared yellowfin tuna, strip steak, prime rib and so much more, however, their beef sounds like the winner.

How To Get There

Google Image Meatpacking District


Getting to the area, you can use the A, C, E, L trains. For more options to get to the District, click here.

Getting Help

If you find yourself in need of the hospital or the police, here is the closest police precinct and hospital to locate.

Lenox Health Greenwich Village

30 7th Avenue
New York, New York 10011
(646)- 665-6000

NYPD 6th Precinct

233 W 10th St,
New York, NY 10014
(212) 741-4811

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Chelsea is a neighborhood that is found on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan close to our NYC personal injury law firm. North of Chelsea is Hell's Kitchen, which we previously wrote about, and is further surrounded by the Hudson Yards, Garment District, NoMad and the Flatiron District, Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village and West Village.

In terms of Community boards, Chelsea is divided between Manhattan Community Board 4 and Community Board 5. Within the location is the Chelsea Historic District, a district that was included to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and was later extended in 1982 with other blocks representative of period architecture.

Who Lives In Chelsea?

Chelsea has not been void of many changes since its origins as the property of retired British Major Thomas Clarke. Major Clarke bought 94 acres of land in 1750 and named the property Chelsea, after the manor of Chelsea, London. In the 1820s Chelsea was developed into a residential area later evolving to be an area that housed many Cuban-Chinese immigrants after the Cuban Revolution. This new wave of immigrants opened restaurants in the 1960s and 70s, leading the area to have a strong Latino presence.

To date, there are a number of various cultures represented in the vicinity. Chelsea also became known as a place of tolerance and rebellion against sexual orientation discrimination in the late 60s to early 70s. In the 1970s many in the LGBT community moved to Chelsea, creating a very strong gay and lesbian presence there that still stands to this day.  Around the 70s as well, Chelsea attracted club owners and art galleries looking to pay lower rents, who opened clubs and galleries that saw the neighborhood become the City's gay center and the 'it-spot' for art lovers. Speaking of gay centers, Eighth Avenue is considered the center of LGBT-oriented shopping and dining.

Attractions Found In The Neighborhood

With changes in the neighborhood that have transformed Chelsea from looking like an industrial site with old abandoned railroads and old warehouses, which have been developed into the High Line, Chelsea is now one of the most interesting and sought-after places to live.

The area harbors many stores that are representative of its ethnic and social diversity. There are many ethnic restaurants, delis and clothing boutiques to choose from.  Here are some of those places you can explore.

Chelsea Market

Located in the area where the Oreo cookie was created, former National Biscuit Company factory, Chelsea Market has been operating as an urban public square as well as a high-end food court since 1997. There are over 30 restaurants, food stores, and shops to choose from and is considered a neighborhood market with a global perspective.

Some of the shops you'll find there are Amy's Bread, Bar Suzette Creperie, Buddakan, Anthropologie and so many more.

Jack Shainman Gallery

The Jack Shainman Gallery opened in the area in 1997 at 513 West 20th Street and at 524 West 24th Street in 2013.

The gallery is focused on exhibiting, representing and championing artists from all over the world, especially artists from Africa, East Asia, and North America. This gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America and presents roughly 12 exhibitions a year and participates in large art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze New York.

High Line Park

Visit the highly popular High Line Park which is a unique urban renewal project put together by concerned citizens, city officials, and developers. The High Line Park is an elevated park which is built on a railway frame that was abandoned for almost 30 years. Now the park has some greenery that looks out to Manhattan's west side landscape.

High Line runs from Ganesvoort Street north to West 34th Street, between Tenth and Twelfth avenues. The area offers public art, family and entertainment programs. Check out a list of things to see and do at High Line Park here.

Big Onion Walking Tour

To see more of what this neighborhood has to offer you can take a walking tour that will help you explore the history and architecture of the neighborhood. The walking tour will lead you to the above mentioned High Line, with stops at the Chelsea Hotel, "Death Alley", General Theological Seminary, as well as areas associated with Dylan Thomas, Clement Clark Moore, Janis Joplin and John Sloan.

How To Get To There

You can get to Chelsea using New York bus routes M7, M10, M11, M12, M14, M23. You can also use the NYC subway routes, IRT Broadway, Seventh Avenue Line's 1 and 2 services, IND Eighth Avenue Line's A C E and the Sixth Avenue Line's F M.

Hospital And Police Department Services

If you are in need of a hospital and police services in this area, the following numbers can be of use:

Chelsea Mount Sinai Beth Israel

309 West 23rd Street,
New York, NY 10011
(212) 352-2600

NYPD Police Precinct

230 West 20th Street,
New York, NY, 10011-3502
(212) 741-8211

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Lower East Side, sometimes called LES, is located in the southeastern section of NYC's borough of Manhattan near our NYC personal injury law firm. It is within the areas of the Bowery and the East River and Canal Street and Houston Street.Google Map With Arrow Pointing At Lower East Side Area

Where Does Lower East Side Really Lie?

As mentioned above, Lower East Side is in the perimeters of the Bowery which is in the west, East Houston which is
in the north, to its east is the F.D.R. Drive and Canal Street which is in the south.

From a political standpoint the LES is situated in the 8th, 12th, and 14th New York congressional districts, and in the 64th districts of New York State Assembly, as well as in the New York State Senate's 26th district, and the 1st and 2nd districts of New York City Council.

The Lower East has been generally known as an immigrant, working-class neighborhood but has seen a wave of gentrification since the mid-2000s.

Jewish Culture In The Neighborhood

Along with being known as a predominantly lower working-class neighborhood, the Lower East Side is also really known as being the center of Jewish culture. The neighborhood holds an Orthodox Jewish community. There are a number of Judaica shops found along Essex Street, as well as a few Jewish scribes. Kosher delis like the famous Katz's Delicatessen are also found in this neighborhood.

Katz's Delicatessen Manhattan

In the early part of the twentieth century, LES had a number of Yiddish theater productions in the Yiddish Theater District which was located on Second Avenue, called the Yiddish Broadway. To date, most of the theaters have all but gone and has been resettled by Latin American immigrants.

The area still holds numerous historic synagogues like the Bialystoker Synagogue, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Beth Hamedrash Hagadol, as well as the only Greek synagogue found in the Western Hemisphere called the Kehila Kedosha Janina, among others.

Regardless of the number of immigrants who have come and gone in this area, American Jews relate particularly strongly to this neighborhood.

Arts & Culture Attractions

LES is another one of New York's art hubs and is home to a variety of contemporary art galleries. Some of the places you can see art Lower East Side style are as follows:

The New Museum

The New Museum is famous for looking like a stack of boxes towering over the Bowery and presents its contemporary work of art from the outside as well the inside. The New Museum also houses over 6,000 exhibition images, exhibition descriptions, publications, as well as a database with over 3,700 searchable artists, curators, and other institutions linked to the Museum's programming.

Some of the exhibitions you can see at the moment include "Barbara Rossi: Poor Traits". Rossi's exhibition includes her enigmatic graphite and colored pencil drawings from the late 1960s.

The Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum is known to portray immigrant life in the 19th and early 20th century New York City. Located on 97 Orchard Street, Tenement Museum was an apartment building that was home to almost 7,000 working class immigrants.

The building has been restored and preserved to highlight the personal experiences of the early settlers who came and built their lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side; all the while enhancing the role that immigrants played and still play in shaping America's constantly changing identity.

Museum at Elderidge Street Synagogue

Elderidge Street Synagogue has been restored and preserved as a 19th-century landmark of a synagogue that first opened its doors to a wave of Eastern Europe, Jewish immigrants. Now, the synagogue holds tours, school programs, concerts, festivals and cultural events.

The synagogue is worth a visit to experience what the New York Times has said leaves you "awestruck by the exotic splendor of this meticulously restored sanctuary".  In essence, and not only limited to, you can expect to see awe-inspiring architecture that has become part of this landmark site.

Popular LES Residents

Lower East Side is another one of New York's gems that have been cemented in popular culture through children's literature, novels, songs, music videos, plays, films, television shows, even in video games. There are also some pretty remarkable people who were born and or have lived in LES. Here are some of them:

Lady Gaga In Concert

Getting In

You can get to LES via NYC subway stations Grand Street (BD), Bowery (JZ), Second Avenue (F), Delancey Street-Essex Street (FJMZ) and East Broadway (F). Bus routes to the neighborhood are M9, M14A, M14D, MI15, SBS, M21, M103, B39.

Emergency Services

For situations where you need to go to the hospital or contact the police departments the following are services you can contact:

Gouverneur A Gotham Health Center

227 Madison Street New York,
New York 10002
(212) 238-7897

NYPD 7th Precinct

19 1/2 Pitt Street, New York, NY, 10002
(212) 477-7311

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Midtown Manhattan is recognized as one of the biggest central business districts in America. It is located in the area between 30th Street to 59th Street on the west side of 5th Avenue in Manhattan. It is quite a popular destination for tourists because of the iconic buildings situated in the area. Continue reading to learn more from our Midtown personal injury attorneys.

Is It Midtown West Or Midtown Manhattan?

Is it Midtown Manhattan or Midtown West? This is a good question, but one that is not so easy to answer. Midtown Manhattan's border is ambiguous, add in the fact that people refer to it as "Midtown" and things get even more confusing because Midtown Manhattan is also used to refer to a district or a group of neighborhoods as well as districts in Manhattan.

Some of the areas that seem to be part of this amalgamation of Midtown West or Midtown Manhattan are:

At this rate, it is probably safe to go with both definitions and geographical designations of Midtown Manhattan and Midtown West to avoid further confusion.

5 Midtown Landmarks

A lot of the major attractions that people associate New York with, like the New Eve's ball drop in Times Square, Empire State Building and more are all located in Midtown. Here are some of the most iconic landmarks in the area.

1. Empire State Building

Empire State Building is one of the most recognizable skyscrapers and has been standing tall since 1931. It is located on 350 Five Avenue and stands as a colorful symbol of various things and events happening around the world at the time through its lights that are lit up every night in various colors that mark different events including holidays. Recently the building was lit up with red, white and blue lights standing in solidarity with France in the wake of the tragic terrorist attacks. Empire State Building has also been canonized in movies like King Kong and An Affair to Remember.

2. Times Square

You cannot miss Times Square in this area, and it serves as a must-see for every tourist who has seen billboards and lit up strip in movies, music videos, and ad campaigns. Located on W. 40th to W.53rd Streets or between Sixth and Eighth Avenues, it is filled with neon lights, billboards and the best Broadway theaters and television studios, Time Square is considered the heart of Midtown. This is also the area where you can watch the iconic annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop. If you are planning to watch the ball drop this year visit for 2016 details.

3. Madison Square Garden

Situated on 2 Penn Plaza, Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty. It is not just known for its sporting events but has been the area that hosts multitudes of high profile special events, music concerts, comedy festivals, even The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you name it and you are bound to find something you can attend at Madison Square Garden. If you want to just catch a glimpse of the area, you can go on a tour of Madison Square Garden.

4. New York Public Library

Outside the main branch of the New York Public Library, you'll be greeted by two majestic lions that have been the Library's mascots for nearly a century. Nearly 53 million books can be found in this library making it the second biggest library, after the Library of Congress, in America. The library came together in the 19th century. To date, there are special events that are held there like celebrity book readings, art exhibitions, and educational seminars. When you visit the New York Public Library, you get a two for one as well with Bryant Park right behind the library. Bryant Park is also a popular park in Midtown that has free outdoor movies, reading, yoga in the park, holiday markets and is a great lunch spot for the multitudes of office workers located around the park.

5. Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a 22-acre complex filled with stores, commercial offices and open space. You are bound to have seen or heard the reference of Rockefeller Center in shows like 30 Rock or seen a glimpse of it during NBC's Today Show. You can see New York from 70 stories at the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or you can hop on board for an NBC Studio Tour in the GE Building and go behind the scenes of some of your favorite shows. Here are the details of the NBC Studios Tour. Rockefeller Center is also famous for its annual Christmas tree lighting and sunken-ice skating rink which makes it a perfect holiday spot for family and friends.

Which Transportation Will Get You There?

Being such a busy area there is the Pennsylvania Station and Grand Central Terminal that are major stations located in the area, providing numerous options to get in and out of Midtown. There is also the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Resources In Case Of Emergencies

There is a lot of constant activity in this location, therefore, in case something happens to you here are the police and hospital numbers you should keep in case of emergencies.

Midtown North Precinct

306 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019-5102
(212) 767-8400

New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center

630 West 168th Street

New York, NY 10032

(212) 305-2500

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East Village is a neighborhood in the NYC borough of Manhattan. East Village used to be considered to be part of the Lower East Side, but it is generally thought to be in the area east of Broadway to the East River, between 14th Street and Houston Street. This neighborhood is conveniently located close to our New York City personal injury law firm.

East Village Of The 60s

In the 1960s the East Village neighborhood developed a distinct identity created by its various artists, musicians, hippies, and students. The area attracted these types of people due to its cheap rentals and the Beatniks who lived there from the 1950s. The area was nicknamed the "East Village" in order to separate it from the slum-like images of the Lower East Side.

Music & Art Scene Prominence

The explosion of arts and culture in the area saw the likes of Andy Warhol promote a series of multimedia shows
titled "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable" in 1966. In 1967 a nightclub called the Electric Circus opened in the neighborhood and saw various bands like The Grateful Dead, The Chambers Brothers, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Allman Brothers Band perform there before its closure in 1971.

A new venue (The Fillmore East) that took on the name "The Church of Rock and Roll" opened up in 1968 on Second Avenue at East 6th Street in the Yiddish Theater District. The owner of this venue, Bill Graham, used this venue to bring in British Bands, thereby introducing the United States to bands like The Who, Pink Floyd, Led
Zeppelin among others. The Fillmore East also closed in 1971.

The punk music scene was also known to be birthed in the East Village's CBGB nightclub. Many bands and singers like Blondie, the Ramones, Madonna, Beastie Boys, The Strokes and so many more, got their start in clubs like CBGB and others that opened up in the area.

Punk music icon Richard Hell still lives in the same East Village apartment he lived in since the 1970s.

Art Scene Explosion

The East Village has been well known to be a contributor of arts and culture in New York and during the 1980s, the East Village gallery scene ushered in a new era of post-modern art in America. Artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Stephen Lack, Nan Goldin, Kenny Scharf and more are known to be the artists responsible for this post-modern art movement.

The area known as Alphabet City in East Village is well known for being the setting of the musical, Rent. Rent captures the neighborhood as it was in the early 90s, describing a city ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, drugs and crime. Unfortunately, the East Village art and performance high of the 70s and 80s has since declined and has not managed to maintain the caliber of artists and performers of its yesteryear.

Dive Bars & Vintage Shopping Scene

True to its arts and culture performance core, the East Village has a number of dive bars that are filled with character. Some of the dive bars to check out are:

Vintage Shopping Places

With the likes of like Cyndi Lauper and Blondie who found their clothing inspirations from vintage shops in the East Village, there are many vintage shops available to see you create your own personal brand. Some vintage shops to definitely browse are:

How To Get There

Getting to the East Village requires taking the F train to 2nd Avenue, the 4 and 6 to Astor Place, N, Q, R trains to New York University and the L train to First Avenue. A lot of MTA buses serve the neighborhood, including the M8 and the M 14.

Emergency Services

If you in need of emergency services such as the police department and or hospitals, here is the information below:

NYPD 9th Precinct

321 East 5 Street, New York

NY, 10003
(212) 477-7811

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-2000

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The place with several names, Hell's Kitchen is also called Clinton and Midtown West, but Hell's Kitchen is the most common. It is a neighborhood in Manhattan, New York City, in the middle of 34th Street in the south. 59th Street in the north, Eighth Avenue in the east, and to the west of the Hudson River. Nearby, you can find our Hell's Kitchen personal injury law office.

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What's In A Name?

Up until the 1980s, Hell's Kitchen was regarded as a dangerous and gritty place to live. But where did the name come from? Well, the origins of this name are not very clear, but it is clear that from the mid-1800s and well into the 1980s, this area was riddled with crime.

One of the notorious gangsters in the area were two generations of Irish gangsters dubbed the Westies by the police and the press. The Westies were involved in murders, thefts, arson, extortion, gambling, drugs, you name it they did it, contributing to the area's name- Hell's Kitchen.

Changes In The Neighborhood

The area has been going through some gentrification since the 1980's and is becoming one of the safest areas to live. Gentrification has come about through some recent building developments. Older buildings are being converted into high-end homes and developments such as the Hudson Yards, the High Line, and the Time Warner Center have prompted growth in the area. Needless to say, property prices are started to go up in the neighborhood.

As Hell's Kitchen is starting to blossom, there are a number of places to explore in this district.

Take In The Culture & Food

Due to its proximity to Broadway, Hell's Kitchen has attracted creatives in the acting and entertainment industries. The following are some of the areas you can find in this area.

The Actor's Studio

The Actor's studio located in the area and has seen a number of stars in the making come through its doors. Founded in 1947, The Actor's Studio was created to provide a place where professional actors can work together between jobs or when they are in the middle of long runs. The purpose is for them to continue to develop their craft and experiment with new types of creative theater work.

Television Tapings

Studios in the neighborhood can allow you to see the following tapings:

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Show that parodies politics, pop culture, entertainment and news, tapes at 733 Eleventh Avenue between W. 51st and W. 52nd Streets. You have to reserve your tickets, but admission is not always guaranteed even with reservations.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The show that premiered on September 8, 2015, provides more political and news of the day from host Stephen Colbert. Taped on 1697 Broadway between W. 53rd and W. 54th Streets. Again you have to reserve your tickets in advance because tickets go very quickly.

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Theaters & Markets

Because of its proximity to Broadway, there is so much the area has to offer in terms of arts and culture.

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC): Located at 450 W 37th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, is a foundation and arts complex that was opened by Mikhail Baryshnikov in 2005. The BAC offers space. tech, funding and mentoring for new artists to be able to present their work. The Center also houses the Orchestra of St.Luke's DiMenna Center for Classical Music. You can find dance and music shows at the Center.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Founded by Alvin Ailey in 1958, this dance theater celebrates African-American culture and modern culture. The Ailey company has performed for approximately 25 million people at theaters in 48 stats and 71 countries on six different continents.

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market: This twelve-year-old flea market has over 100 stalls with a range of vintage to mid-century housewares and contemporary crafts on offer. The flea market is opened every Saturday and Sunday all year round.

Gotham West Market: With an industrial design and communal food court seating arrangement, Gotham West Market is considered a "first of its kind day and night market dining destination in Hell's Kitchen". There are numerous vendors that come together and offer diverse culinary dishes. Visit here to learn more about Gotham West Market.


There are a lot of subway lines at Columbus Circle that will get you in and out of Hell's Kitchen like the A, B, C, D, 1. At Port Authority you can use the A, C, E, Times Square, 1, 2,3,7, S, N, Q, R and from Penn Station, you take the A, C, E, 1,2,3).

Emergency Services

For any time you need police, fire services, and hospital services, here are some of the numbers you can keep in situations of emergencies.

NYPD Midtown North Precinct

306 West 54th Street,
New York, NY, 10019-5102
(212) 767-8400

FDNY Engine 34/Ladder 21

Fire Station- Hell's Kitchen
440 W 38th St
New York, NY 10018

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center

1000 Tenth Avenue, Suite 2B
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 523-7780

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No one knows the time or the moment when an injury is going to occur. It can happen even at the most inconvenient time, like while you are on vacation enjoying yourself. Therefore, it is important to know the dos and don'ts of what to do when visiting New York City during the Thanksgiving holiday season. Our personal injury attorneys in New York City have handled a variety of lawsuits involving common injuries during the holiday season.

Five Tips When Visiting New York

While on vacation in New York, especially during Thanksgiving, there are a few things that you should do, and there are those that you should not do in order to minimize the chances of getting hurt. Those things include:

1. Avoid Unfamiliar Locations

Do not visit areas you are not sure of alone. There have been reports of people getting robbed simply because they were in the wrong neighborhood. Before you go to a place, make sure you know a bit more about the general security situation in that location. You should also try and find out the nearest security office, and emergency center just in case something bad happens to you at that particular location.

2. Ensure There Is A Trainer When Taking Part In Recreational Activities

Although the weather is crisp at this time of the year, outdoor activities such as biking and Segway tours might be limited, it is understandable that you want to try out some of the activities if they are available. However, these events might sometimes lead to you getting hurt in the process. For you to avoid getting hurt, you should ensure that there are trained personnel around there who can enlighten you on the safest way to engage in the activities at hand. You should ensure that you wear all the right safety gear before you do the activities that you need to do.

3. Do Not Step On Wet Floors

There is a slipping and falling hazard due to damp or wet floor when it's been raining, snowing. During the holiday season, there is an increased traffic in most of the stores. As a result, the cleaning crew might be a little bit overwhelmed, especially with Black Friday sales happening around them. It is possible to overlook some of the wet
patches on the floors. They might also not dry the surfaces thoroughly due to the pressure on them to keep cleaning. It is best for you to avoid stepping on such spots for your safety as you do your shopping while on holiday. For tips to avoid holiday shopping injuries go here.

4. Observe Speed Limits

The streets of New York are particularly very busy during the holidays. Do not exceed the speed limits or drive below the speed limit. The limit has been set for your safety and that of other drivers and pedestrians. You should plan your schedule accordingly, taking into account the increased traffic following the holidays.

5. Do Not Drink And Drive

That is an obvious thing. You might be well aware of the dangers of driving while you are under the influence of alcohol or any other substance. During Thanksgiving, it is understandable that you might have a drink or two with friends and families now and then. Resist the temptation to drive before you sober up as you can increase the chances of an accident occurring due to unfamiliar surroundings as well.

 Navigating Your Way Around Holiday Injuries

Although abiding by those basic safety tips can reduce your chances of causing a collision or getting hurt, you cannot account for the behavior of the drivers, people, and situations around you. If you or someone you love or know has been hurt or injured while on vacation, it is possible to seek legal help in order to navigate the situation you find yourself in.

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Central Harlem is located in northern Manhattan between W. 110th and W. 155th Street, close to our Manhattan personal injury law firm. It is surrounded by Fifth Avenue on the east, Central Park on the South, Morningside Park, St. Nicholas Avenue and Edgecombe Avenue on the west, and the Harlem River on the north.

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Changes Over The Years

This neighborhood has a large density of African Americans due to the Great Migration of the early 20th century. Between the 1920s and 1930s, many traveled to Harlem to participate in the literary and artistic movement that is popularly known as the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a time when jazz music boomed in many trendy clubs of the day. Harlem was also the center of black political life.

In our 21st century Harlem, the area is quickly being gentrified, so much so that former United States President Bill Clinton opened his office at 55 W. 125th Street Central Harlem.

Famous Residents Who've Lived There

The Harlem Renaissance brought so many historical figures who made the neighborhood their home. Some of those residents and their claims to fame are:

Mixing Attractions & History

Some of Central Harlem's main attractions are rich in history, including one of its main areas like the Striver's Row or St. Nicholas Historical District. A closer look at some of these areas reveals the following facts:

Striver's Row

This area between 7th and 8th Avenues on 138th and 139th Streets is officially known as the St. Nicholas Historic District. It is also called Striver's Row due to its upwardly mobile residents. The houses in this area were designed by some of America's well-known architects, such as Stanford White.

The homes were meant to be occupied by middle-class black families, but ironically, the wealthier families were fortunate enough to live in this area. Mostly doctors, lawyers, and musicians like Eubie Blake lived in Striver's Row. Today if you want to live in Striver's Row you can expect to pay roughly $1.5- 2 million for a renovated Georgian-Style home.

Mount Morris Park Historic District

Mount Morris Park Historic District became a Historic District in 1971 and was declared by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Morris Park covers 16 blocks from West 118th to West 124th Streets and west from Fifth Avenue to Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue).

Besides being declared a historic site, the main attraction of this neighborhood was Mount Morris Square, established in 1839, and later became part of the New York City public park system. In 1973 the park was renamed Marcus Garvey Park in honor of the leader of the international Pan-African movement.

267 House

This building found at 267 W. 136th Street, was changed to be a rent-free housing area for artists by Iolanthe Sydney. Numerous artists have spent some time here including, the aforementioned Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. 267 House garnered a reputation for being the center for a young generation of artists and writers.

Multiple Options To Get You There

Getting to Central Harlem is easy if you use subway trains A, B, or C to Cathedral Parkway, 116th, 125th, 135th, 145th or 155th Streets. You can also get there using the D train to 125th, 145th, or 155th Streets. Or you can use the 2 or 3 trains to Central Park North, 116th, 125th  or 135th Street and the 3 train to 145th Street or 148th Street.

For the bus users, you can take bus service lines to Harlem that include the M2, M3, M4, M7, M10, M18, M100, M101, M116, Bx15, Bx19, and Bx33.


In case of an emergency, contact the following Central Harlem police and hospital departments.

NYPD 28th Precinct

2271-89 8th Ave., New York, NY, 10027-5319
(212) 678-1611

Harlem Hospital Center

506 Lenox Avenue
at 135th Street; Herbert Cave Auditorium
New York, NY 10037
(212) 939-1000

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Gramercy Park, also known as Gramercy is a private park located in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. It is one of two private parks in New York City and one of three in the state. Residents of the park pay an annual fee to obtain a key, and the public is not normally permitted to come in. Gramercy Park lies between East 20th Street and East 21st Street and between Park Avenue South and Third Avenue.

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Getting The Key To Gramercy Park

gramercy parkGramercy Park is the vision of Samuel B. Ruggles who was a lawyer and politician. Ruggles advocated developing open spaces within the city and personally bequeathed the land, and financed the land drainage as well as the landscaping of the area, and put together the layout of the houses that now represent Gramercy Square.

Gramercy has been a fenced park since the mid-1830s  and a locked park since 1844. In 1966 the neighborhood was recognized as a historic district. Being a private park, Gramercy is held in common by the owners of the 39 structures that surround the area. The original lots that surround the park are given two keys each, and the owners buy keys for a fee. The original key price was $10 per key, in 2008 the amount per key was $350 with $1,000 charge for lost keys. These keys are changed on a yearly basis, and any property that does not pay its annual assessment fee of $7,500 per lot, loses its key privileges. These keys are not easy to copy.

Evidently holding a key to this Park is something to brag about and holds some level of prestige. Of course with such prestige comes the rules. Here are the rules to abide by if you have access to the park:

Gramercy Real Estate

Gramercy real estate is considered to be fairly stable and there are some standout buildings and sections in this area.

Gramercy Park Hotel

One of New York's historic hotels, Gramercy Park Hotel opened in 1925. From the hotel, you can get views of Gramercy Park, and during their stay, guests have access to 12 keys that are allocated to the hotel.

Famous names have passed through the hotel's doors, including actor, Humphrey Bogart who married his first wife Helen Menken on the hotel's rooftop terrace. John F. Kennedy in his younger days lived on the hotel's second floor for a few months before the family moved to London. In the 1970s patrons included Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, later musicians Madonna, Debbie Harry and David Bowie.

Irving Place

Irving Place stretches five blocks from 14th to 20th Street at Gramercy Park. Irving Place's location in Gramercy makes it a highly sought after residential neighborhood in New York.

Irving Place is lined with popular restaurants and bars such as New York's oldest surviving saloon, Pete's Tavern. Also, you catch concerts at Irving Plaza where rock bands like Green Day and The White Stripes have performed before.

Hot Property

One of the hot residential addresses to have in the neighborhood is 18 Gramercy Park.

Built in 1927, owners at number 18 hold the privilege of obtaining an annual key to Manhattan's private park. Residents of 18 Gramercy can enjoy the park as their own front yard.

Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parsons, owns four Gramercy Park condos one of the places the star bought was
worth $2.8 million on 36 Gramercy Park East.

If you are curious to see this park, you only get one shot when Gramercy Park opens every year for Christmas caroling.

Ladies Mile District

Another historic feature of Gramercy is Manhattan's prime shopping district, The Ladies Mile. The name Ladies Mile came about due to the fashionable department stores on Broadway where women frequently shopped.

The district has been home to famous department stores like Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, B. Altman and Seigel-Cooper & Company. In 1989 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the area a historic district. Now you can take a walking tour of the area and learn more about the history and architecture of this district.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

President Roosevelt was born one block west of the park. The original house was demolished in 1916, but a replica can be viewed at 28 East 20th Street.

Please note: At the moment Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace is closed for renovation and is scheduled to reopen in 2016.

Getting To The Park

Access to the park is via the subway stop in Union Square using the N, R, 4, 5, 6 and L lines.

Hospitals & Police Services

One of the closest hospitals within the area is Beth Israel Medical Center between East 15th and 17th Streets. The address is:

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-2000

For Gramercy police service the 13th Precinct serves the area:

NYPD 13th Precinct

230 East 21st Street
New York, NY 10010-7460
(212) 477-7411

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Some call it East Harlem, others call it El Barrio. East Harlem is a neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City. It encompasses the area that lies north of the Upper East Side, and East 96th Street, and east of the Fifth Avenue towards the East and Harlem Rivers. Although East Harlem has Harlem in its name, it is commonly not considered to be a part of Harlem. Continue reading for more information, provided by our East Harlem personal injury law firm.

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The Makings Of The Spanish Harlem (East Harlem)

The early days of East Harlem saw the area occupied by poor German, Irish, Scandinavian and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, and later Italian immigrants. The Italian immigrants soon took over the area with a mix of Northern Italians, Sicilians, and Southern Italians. East Harlem was the first place to be called "Little Italy" with the early settlers settling in 115th Street section. By the 1930s over 100,000 Italian-Americans lived in East Harlem's crowded and run-down apartment buildings.

Post World War I Puerto Rican and Latin American immigrants started to make their way into this area- once dominated by Italian immigrants. The new wave of immigrants inhabited the western part of East Harlem, near 110th Street and Lexington Avenue, which started being called Spanish Harlem. This area soon expanded and took over the section the Italians lived, causing them to transition out to the Bronx, upstate New York, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.  More Hispanics moved in the 1940s and 1950s.

The new Spanish Harlem had a Puerto Rican population of 63,000 people in 1950. Since the 1950s Spanish Harlem started to be used to describe the whole of the East Harlem neighborhood, later evolving to El Barrio, meaning "The Neighborhood".

El Barrio Demographics

Early 21st century saw a racially diverse East Harlem, with almost a third of the population, noted as Puerto Rican. East Harlem is covered by Manhattan Community District 11. This district is mainly a low and moderate income area, made up of first and second generation Puerto Ricans, African Americans, West Indians, and now an increasing number of Mexicans, Dominicans, and other Central American immigrants.

El Barrio has the biggest concentration of Puerto Ricans, however, the number of Asians in East Harlem has almost tripled  from 2000 to 2010, possibly signifying a new wave of immigrants and maybe a name change, but at only 3% of the population, a Chinese Harlem may not be much of a threat to the 52.1% Spanish Harlem residents.

Food Lover's Paradise

With so many different cultures that have passed through East Harlem, the area is bound to have a diverse array of food places that echo El Barrio's history. Some highlights and  must try out places are:

  1. Rao's: Pronounced RAY-ohs, it was founded in 1896. Although this is not any place you can just walk into, it's good to know a bit more about Rao's. Fact: you need a personal invite from one of the prominent owners of the tables in the place. It's believed that CEOs, politicians, those that have been in the neighborhood for years, actors and even news personalities, hold a long-standing arrangement with the owner, Frankie "No" Pellerino, that enables them to get a seat at one of the ten tables. As for the rest of us, knowing where this infamous place is is good for now.
  2. Patsy's Pizzeria: Established in 1933, Patsy Lancieri was the first to open New York City's first pizzeria restaurant. Patsy's pizzas are baked in coal ovens, giving them an extra-crispy crust and topped with chunky plum tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil and whatever toppings your heart desires. Some say ideas for The Godfather came together in this place where filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola spent his nights.
  3. Amor Cubano: Get your El Cubano sandwich fix here while being entertained by the staff singing live jazz and other various acts through to Sunday. Also on offer, a whole menu dedicated to mojitos.
  4. East Harlem Cafe: This spot is known to have the best coffee in El Barrio and boasts an eclectic feel of being an art gallery, freelancer office spaces, and a general community hangout.

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Famous People Who Lived In Spanish Harlem

East Harlem has had its issues, but it has produced many notable public figures such as:

Transportation Options

Public transportation is available via MTA, New York City Subway, the IRT Lexington Avenue Line using the 4 5 and 6 trains.

For bus services there is the MTA Regional Bus Operations and some local Bronx routes also serve the Manhattan area.

Hospital & Police Information

If there is any sort of emergency while you are in the East Harlem, Upper Manhattan area, the following hospital and police information may be of use:

Harlem Hospital Center

506 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037
Phone: (212) 939-1000

Metropolitan Hospital Center
1901 First Avenue (at 97th Street)
New York, NY 10029
Phone:  (212) 423-6262

NYPD 23rd Precinct
162 East 102 Street, New York, NY, 10029-5721
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Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the northern section of Manhattan. The neighborhood once spread as far south as 133rd Street, but now runs north from Hamilton Heights at 155th Street to Inwood.

Washington Heights is known to have been named for Fort Washington, which is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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manhattan aerial viewUnited Nations Of Immigrants

In the 18th century, the southern section of what is now Washington Heights was settled by Europeans. In the early 1900s, Irish immigrants started settling into Washington Heights, in the 1930s and 1940s  European Jews, escaping Nazism also took their place in this neighborhood. In the 1950s and 1960s, the area saw a new wave of Greek immigrants, seeing a new community known as the Astoria of Manhattan. By the 1980s to 1990s, the neighborhood experienced another wave of new immigrants from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and recently, Ecuador.

As of 2010, Washington Heights was recorded to have more than 150,000 residents.

What's interesting is that in 1904 The Hispanic Society of America was founded in the neighborhood, before the mass transition of Spanish-speaking immigrants in the area. As of now, Dominican culture is widespread in the neighborhood, so much so that it has been commemorated by the MTV docu-reality T.V. series, Washington Heights.

Washington Height's Crime Redemption

The modern-day Washington Heights currently has the lowest reported crime rates in all the neighborhoods in Manhattan, but this was not always the case.

Crack Cocaine Epidemic

In the 1980s, the area was heavily affected by the crack cocaine epidemic that overwhelmed all of New York City. Washington Heights faced more of this issue primarily because of a crack gang that hailed in the neighborhood, called the Wild Cowboys or the Red Top Gang. This gang was linked to Santiago Luis Polanco Rodríguez, who was the first mass marketer of crack cocaine in the U.S.

The Wild Cowboys were accountable for the rise of crimes such as murders during the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Washington Heights became the biggest drug distributor in the North East region during this time.

Neighborhood Turnaround

In 1988, a young police officer was killed by the Dominican drug dealers of Washington Heights. The young officer's death spurred on years of crime rate decline. Police presence heightened, seeing landlords allowing police to patrol in apartment buildings, which led to arrests being made of multitudes of drug dealers. Arrests of police officers also involved in drug dealings greatly transformed the neighborhood. A new police precinct was also added in the area.

To date, the crime rate in Washington Heights is much lower. In the 2000s, years after gangsters ruled this area, urban renewal began. In 2011 police records stated that Washington Heights was the fourth- safest neighborhood in Manhattan.

Attractions In The Area

Washington Heights attractions include museums, gardens, mansions, and dining areas.

1.The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

The Cloisters museum and garden is on a hill in Northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park. The museum is also a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. What you can expect to see is art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

While there you can also see views of the Hudson River while walking through the gardens looking at medieval sculptures, stained glass, and tapestries.

2. Fort Tryon Park

Fort Tryon Park was a gifted to the City in 1935 by John D. Rockefeller. It is a 67- acre green space that is a favored spot for newlywed picture taking. The park is punctuated with jagged boulders which give urban rock climbers a different form of adventure.

As already mentioned, Fort Tryon Park is home to the Cloisters Museum and Gardens.

3. Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765 by Roger Morris, a British military officer, is the oldest Manhattan residence. This mansion has seen the development of northern Manhattan from rural countryside to its now multicultural community.

A visit to this mansion will help you revisit domestic life in New York City from 1765 to 1865 all the way to the City Beautiful movement at the turn of the century.

4. La Marina

This restaurant is the place with the views. La Marina offers views of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River. Not only do you have views, you also experience the vastness of the restaurant which is roughly about three venues in one.

Featured are two outdoor patios, one with a raw bar and the other a glass-enclosed indoor space.

Transportation Links

Washington Heights has a number of transportation options via the New York City Subway. There is the IND Eighth Avenue Line which has services from 155th  Street and 163rd Street.  The trains there are the A, C, and 1 trains
located at different spots.

The IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line there is the 1 train stops at 157th Street, 168 Street, 181st Street and 191st Street.

Where To Get Help If Needed

If you are in Washington Heights and need to locate hospitals and or the police, the following may be of help:

Washington Heights Family Health Center 

575 West 181th Street

New York, NY 10033

(866) 463-2778

NYPD 34th Precinct

4295 Broadway

New York, NY 10033-3729

(212) 927-9711

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From the 1920s, Harlem has been known as a predominantly African-American neighborhood. It is located in the northern section of the Manhattan borough near our personal injury law office in New York City. Harlem spreads out from the Hudson River to the East River or Harlem River, and from 110th Street to 155th Street.


From Haarlem To Harlem

Harlem was founded in the 17th century as a Dutch outpost and has seen dramatic development from being a farming village, a revolutionary battlefield, a resort town, a commuter town, and the epicenter of African-American culture. Harlem was originally called Haarlem when it was settled by European Dutch immigrants.

During the American Revolution, Harlem was burned down by the British and took a long time to rebuild in comparison to the growth that was taking place in Manhattan during the late 18th century. Growth came again after the American Civil war that saw Harlem experience an economic boom in 1868. Harlem became a place of refuge for New Yorkers as well as an increasing number of poor Jews and Italians. Slowly but surely the Jewish and Italian numbers started to decline as the black and Puerto Rican numbers increased.

The early twentieth century saw large numbers of blacks move to northern industrial cities as they fled Jim Crow's South and the culture of lynching violence. By 1910, Central Harlem was almost 10% black and by 1930 the number had increased to 70% black.  Around the time World War I was ending, Harlem was linked to the New Negro movement, and later the explosion of art and music known as the Harlem Renaissance.

As the years have gone by Harlem has had a solid black population, so much so that by 1950 98% of the population was black.

Showtime: Musical & Nightlife Features

As already mentioned, the Apollo Theater is a musical highlight in Harlem, but there are other musical offerings that carry on the Harlem Renaissance tradition:

Soul Food Dining

At the moment Harlem is experiencing a gourmet rebirth with new dining hot-spots showing up in uptown near Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Celeb chef Marcus Samuelsson is leading this new Harlem food rebirth with his Red Rooster Harlem restaurant, serving reinterpreted comfort food classics. Other modern Harlem food places include:

If you are looking for the traditional style of soul food dining, don't worry their menus haven't been gentrified, you can find visit some of these places:

Click here to learn more about tours you can take in the neighborhood.

Getting There

The MTA provides the public transportation services in Harlem, including the NYC subway and regional bus operations. The 2, 3, A, B, C and D trains take you to Harlem as well as the 1, 4, 5 and 6 lines as alternative options.

Emergency Services

Harlem is well known for its crime rate and therefore, the New York City Police Department patrols five precincts all within Harlem. Contact the NYPD 28th Precinct in case of emergencies:

2271-89th Ave, New York, NY 10027-5319

(212) 678-1611

There are nine firehouses that operate in Harlem operated by the New York City Fire Departments.

For hospital emergencies visit:

Harlem Hospital Center
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10037
Phone: (212) 939-1000

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Although considered to be the less pretentious neighborhood unlike its contemporary (the Upper East Side), the Upper West Side is still considered an affluent area of Manhattan. The Upper West Side's reputation lies in being the place where culture, intellectuals, and artists merge. This neighborhood is in the borough of Manhattan, nestled between Central Park and Hudson River and between West 59th Street and West 110th Street. We are well acquainted with the Upper West Side as that is where our primary personal injury law firms are located.

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Development Of The Upper West Side

The Upper West Side we now know as being surrounded by Central Park on the east and Hudson River on the west was settled by Dutch immigrants in the early and mid-seventeenth century. Some highlights of the development of the area from the early mid-seventeenth century to early twentieth century include:

Upper West Side Demographics

In the 1960s the south area of 67th Street was densely populated by African-Americans. By 1960, this side of the neighborhood was considered run down and overcrowded and due to be demolished. Demolition of this area brought on urban renewal that saw the construction of the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts and Lincoln Towers from 1962-1968.

The turn of the last century saw the neighborhood acquire a large number of German Jews and Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler's tyranny in the 1930s. To date, 85th Street and 100th Street houses the largest society of young Modern Orthodox singles outside of Israel.  Aside from this section, the Upper West Side generally has a large number of non-Orthodox Jews, and because of that, there are a lot of principal synagogues in this neighborhood.

To date the latest population estimates state that 209,084 people live on the Upper West Side with a breakdown of 67.4% of white or non-Hispanic people, 15% Hispanic people, 7.6% African Americans, 7.6% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.1% American Indian or Native Alaskan, 0.3% some other race and 2% two or more races.

A Mix Of Culture, Education & Art

The Upper West Side has gained a reputation for being a place where you can find many cultural, artsy, and educational New York City structures. Some of these structures are as follows:

1. American Museum of Natural History:

The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 and is well known for its exhibitions and scientific collections. Visitors can see dinosaurs and ocean life, African mammals as well as seasonal butterfly exhibitions.

2. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts:

Known as the cornerstone of New York City culture, the center has a campus of 11 organizations centered on dance, music, and theater. Numerous performances are brought to life each year at the center, if you cannot see one of the performances, you can take advantage of the guided tours of the Lincoln Center.

3. Julliard School:

Julliard was originally called the Institute of Musical Art when it was founded in 1905. Julliard is a well known performing arts school and is seen as one of the world's leading music schools with an inventory of 275 Steinway pianos, making it the largest collection of any institution in the world.

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Upper West Side Cemented In Pop Culture

The Upper West Side has served as the setting or backdrop for numerous T.V. shows and movies due to its pre-War architecture, colorfulness, and lush culture.  Some popular T.V. show  and movie and characters that have lived in the neighborhood include:

How To Get There

There are two subways designated to Manhattan's Upper West Side. The IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue (1, 2, 3 trains) runs along Broadway. The other line is the IND Eighth Avenue Line (A, B, C, D trains) which runs along Central Park West.

If you are using the bus service there are five routes to choose from, the M5, M7, M10, M11, and M104.

Emergency Contacts

As with any case, if anything happens to you or someone you know in the Upper West Side, the emergency information for the police and hospitals are as follows:

Mount Sinai Urgent Care Upper West Side:

638 Columbus Ave, at 91st Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 828-3250

Columbia University Medical Center

630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-7114

NYPD 20th Precinct

120 West 82nd Street
New York, NY 10024-5502
(212) 580-6411

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Upper East Side is a neighborhood in the Manhattan borough in New York City, situated between Central Park/Fifth Avenue, 59th Street, the East River, and 96th Street. The Upper East Side is recognized as one of the most well-to-do neighborhoods in New York City, and has been portrayed as so in pop culture T.V. shows like Gossip Girl and Bravo's Odd Mom Out. You can also find our Upper East Side personal injury law firm in the nearby area.


The Making Of The Affluent Neighborhood

As New York City took shape as one of the world's first megacities, the Upper East Side along Lexington  Avenue developed into one of the city's first postwar neighborhoods. The farmland area that is now Upper East Side was inherited by James Lenox who went on to divide the land into blocks of house-lots in the 1870s and built his Lenox Library on a Fifth Avenue lot.

The narrow strip between Central Park and the railroad cut had a row of beautiful townhouses that were supposedly built by Mary Mason Jones, owner of the entire block bordered by 57th and 58th streets and Fifth and Madison.

Prior to the Park Avenue Tunnel being covered in 1910, trendy New Yorkers of the time chose to move away from the railroad trench, up what is now Park Avenue, in favor of building stylish mansions and townhouses on bigger lots in the Fifth Avenue, Central Park facing locale and adjoining side streets. This location attracted the likes of Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clark Frick. Since then a lot of New York's upper-class families have resided on the Upper East Side, some of those residents were the Rockefellers, Roosevelts and the Kennedys to name a few.

Today, the affluent neighborhood is home to presidential candidate Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, late comedian Joan Rivers and Mariah Carey to name a few.

Upper East Side Demographics

According to the 2000 census, approximately 207,543 people live in Upper East Side. Racially, the neighborhood is made up of 89.5% White, 6.14 Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.34% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.39% other races and 1.74% two or more races. Foreign-born residents make up 21% of the Upper East Side population. The Upper East Side is known to have a predominantly large and well-off Jewish population of about 56,000.

The area has the biggest concentration of individual wealth in Manhattan with a high population density and per capita income of $85,081 in 2000. In 2011 the Upper East Side average household income was $117,903.

Politically, this area of Manhattan is a prominent political fundraising location.

Must See Attractions

Regardless of the neighborhood's pretentious reputation, the Upper East Side is home to some of New York City's main attractions such as museums, restaurants and shops as well some pivotal pop culture tours like the Sex and the City tour. Below are some of the area's must-see attractions:

1. Museum of the City Of New York:

The Museum stands across from Central Park, facing Fifth Avenue. The historic museum was founded in 1923 and helps tourists and New Yorkers alike know more about the history of New York City, through prints and photographs, costumes and paintings and more.

2. The Jewish Museum:

Since 1947 the Jewish Museum has been enclosed in a chateau-like mansion, featuring a collection of 26,000 objects. Some of the museum's highlights are works from Andy Warhol and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as some obsolete remains from Jewish communities as well as historic radio and television broadcasts. There are also photos and videos that showcase the remarkable resilience of the Jewish people throughout history.

3. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly known as The Met, boasts a five million visitor count every year. The Met holds paintings from Renoir, Rembrandt and Picasso. The museum includes its Main Building on Fifth Avenue as well as the Cloisters museum and gardens in northern Manhattan which dates back as far as 1866.

4. Sex and the City Hotspots Tour:

The popular turn of the century sitcom, Sex and the City, gave New York Upper East Side Manhattan a whole new modern makeover. A guided tour in the neighborhood allows fans to follow the footsteps of the show's leading ladies and be a part of their shopping, eating, and gossiping experiences. The tour has over 40 locations from the sitcom to explore.

5. Central Park Zoo:

Located on Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street, Central Park Zoo allows visitors to see penguins, polar bears, tropical birds, snow monkeys and endangered red pandas. Next to the park is also the Tisch Children's Zoo where little ones can feed and pet animals.

6. Gracie Mansion:

A tour of the Gracie Mansion, shows the building's historical faux finishes and a profound collection of decorative arts. It was built in 1799 and has since been restored. Gracie Mansion is also the Mayor's residence, currently housing Mayor de Blasio and his family.

How To Get Around

The main Upper East Side subway line is the 4 and 5 express line and 6 local line, which run under Lexington Avenue. This is the only north-south subway line servicing the east side.

Bus services are available as well but there are also limited routes going uptown, downtown and crosstown.

In Case Of Emergency Resources

In any case of emergencies, here are some of the hospitals, fire departments, and police stations to get hold of in Upper East Side, Manhattan.

New York Presbyterian Hospital:

525 E 68th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 764-5454

Lenox Hill Hospital:

100 E 77th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 434-2000

Fire Department- 16 Ladder Co 39 Engine Co

E 67th Street between 3rd & Lex
(719) (999-2000)

New York City Police Department- 19th Precinct

153 E 67th St
New York, NY 10065

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The Murray Hill District was made up of two groups of buildings, including 71 row houses, three apartment buildings, an architectural office, and a church, all located between East 35th and East 38th streets, from Park Avenue to Lexington Avenue. The culmination of these buildings serves as a reminder of Murray Hill’s history as a one of New York city’s premier residential districts. Murray Hill was primarily built between 1853 and 1910.

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History Of Murray Hill

The name Murray comes from the Murray family. The Murray family were 18th-century Quaker merchants who dealt primarily in shipping and overseas trade. The family patriarch, Robert Murray, was born 1721 in County Armagh Ireland and later immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1732, then moved to New York in 1753. Murray made a name for himself as a merchant, going on to become a New Yorker with the most shipping tonnage. Around 1762 Murray acquired land from the city for a grand house and farm. His grand house, named Inclenberg, but more popularly known as Murray Hill, was built on what is known today as Park Avenue and 36th Street.

Murray descendants later drew up the Murray Hill Restrictive Agreement in 1847 which restricted development to brick or stone residences, churches, and private stables. The area’s development was driven in the 1850s due to the New York and Harlem Railroad tracks, (running along Fourth, now Park Avenue), were covered with a tunnel and plans were made known to create a forty-foot wide mall adorned with shrubs and flowers in the middle of the avenue between East 34th and East 38th Streets. From this historic district, the first three groups of row houses were built between 1853 and 1854. All the houses were brownstones and during the next ten years, more than 50 Italianate brownstones were built within the district.

Who Lived In Murray Hill Then & Now?

In the 1850s and the early 1860s, Murray Hill residents were mainly affluent middle-class people like attorney Francis Byrne. The most notable Murray Hill resident was the artist Thomas Seir Cummings. Cummings lived at 117 East 36th Street from 1857 to mid-1860s, at that time he was a professor of design at the University of the City of New York (now called NYU) and was the vice president and treasurer of the National Academy of Design. In the 1870s, Murray Hill attracted young professionals such as attorney Lewis Cass Ledyard, founder of Carter, Ledyard & Millburn, architect R.H. Robertson, and New York District Attorney DeLancey Nicoll.

In the twentieth century, residents included architects Chester Aldrich of Aldrich of Delano & Aldrich, and actors Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (starred in Driving Miss Daisy and Fried Green Tomatoes) who lived there from
the late 1940s to 1950s. Businesses also started to move into the area in the 1930s. Doctors who owned houses had their offices there too, advertising agency, Birmingham Castleman & Pierce and Architect Marcel Breuer, occupied office spaces in Murray Hill.

In the late 1990s, Murray Hill was known to attract multitudes of young college grads, creating a “work-hard, play-hard” environment. In our now twenty-first century, Murray Hill is now known as a sedate and low key neighborhood with modern residences, with a mix of recent grads, long time locals and families with young children. The current Murray Hill population is estimated to be 10,904.

Famous Buildings In Murray Hill

Two of New York City’s most emblematic architectural buildings can be found at the corner of the neighborhood, those being, Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building. Grand Central Terminal is one of America’s most remarkable railroad terminuses. The beautiful Chrysler Building is famous for housing murals that celebrate transportation themes.

The Morgan Library & Museum, CUNY Graduate Center, Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University, Scandinavia House-The Nordic Center in America, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and the notably private institution, the Union League Club of New York, are all part of the Murray Hill community.

Getting In And Out Of Murray Hill

Major employers, like law firms, hedge funds, banks and medical facilities such as NYU Langone Medical Center are in or in close proximity to Murray Hill, so most residents walk to work.

The subway lines that are in Murray Hill are the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines which run along Park Avenue and the 7 train along 42nd Street. Grand Central Terminal provides access to the Times Square shuttle as well as to Metro-North regional trains. There is also a bus service on First and Second Avenues.

Accident Victims Resources In Murray Hill, Manhattan

If you or someone close to you is involved in an accident in Murray Hill, Manhattan, first and foremost seek medical attention as soon as possible. Be sure to have documentation of everything that takes place. In instances where the accident was through no fault of your own, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit in order to receive compensation for your injuries.

The lawyers at Banville Law are knowledgeable in various kinds of personal injury lawsuits. Click here to view our list of areas of expertise. Contact us at any time for a free consultation.

Below you will find a couple of vital resources for accident victims in Murray Hill, Manhattan in cases of emergency:

Mount Sinai Hospital:

One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, New York 10029
(212) 241-6500

NYU Langone Medical Center:

550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(646) 929-7870

NYPD 17th Precinct

167 East 51st Street, New York, NY, 10022
(212) 826-3211

Chinatown, Manhattan: One Of Nine Chinatown Neighborhoods

This article is provided by our taxi accident law firm in NYC from Banville Law.

don't panicThanks to the endeavors made by the City Council of New York; a new technological advancement is going to be adapted to advance the services provided by New York taxis.

The City Council of New York City has put forward a bill that will require all taxis operating in the city to be installed with emergency buttons. If the enactment is adopted the New York City cabs will be incorporated into the plan. In yellow cabs, the piece of equipment possibly will be set off via taxi TV screens.

Why The Panic Button Now?

Would you feel safer if your cab had a panic button installed the back seat, offering you direct contact to the NYPD? The panic button is a device that once pressed by the driver it prompts an electronic gesture directly to police zones. The statute was supported by the chairman of council's committee of transport Ydanis Rodriguez and councilwoman Laurie Cumbo. It was encouraged by a rape incident of a commuter in a green cab earlier in this year.

The bill is however still in the initial stages. Taxi drivers will have a button that sets off a distress light on the exterior of the taxi if they are being threatened or robbed. Passengers will also have the chance of pushing the button in the case of an emergency. "With in excess of 400,000 journeys a day, keeping the cab and for-hire, passengers' safety must not be taken lightly," said the City Council Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez in collaboration with her colleague Laurie Cumbo.

Putting An End To Violations

A green cab operator was charged with rape in February this year after a Brooklyn incident in which a woman said that she was picked up outside a friend's home in Fort Greene, and then the driver pulled over, scaled up into the back seat and raped her before stealing from her. She felt utterly powerless. The woman had no capacity to call for aid. There was no way to reach out to the police or anyone else to stop the heinous experience from happening.

Rodriguez said after that assault, he and Cumbo sought a way to "ensure that nothing like that can happen again."These panic buttons will give riders peace of mind and can undoubtedly save lives," he said. Since the bill is only in the initial stages, currently there are no cost approximations for the setting up of the device and no conclusion has been made on who would make payment for the alarm buttons. Asked supposing a drunken passenger decides to press the button for the sake of it, Cumbo said the well-being of the passengers can be put at risk out of fear that someone will use the device wrongly.

These panic buttons are anticipated to provide passengers with a peace of mind and will indisputably save passenger lives. A Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesperson said the organization would evaluate the bill. He also added that the safety of the taxi operators and the passengers is one of the primary concerns of the TLC. One industry faction hailed the rule, despite shifting the culpability for increased passenger threats to the surfacing of e-hail apps like Lyft and Uber.

Making New York Cabs SaferNew York Taxis on street

These developments, which are opposed by some taxi drivers, are part of a bigger plan to turn New York City's cabs into a matchless system. The cab panic buttons will be amongst other service improvements programmed to be put into operation in the city's taxis this year,

Several cab drivers have been detained for purportedly assaulting their passengers, instigating a plan to inaugurate panic buttons in all the cabs by the end of the year.

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If you live in New York City, you're probably renting your apartment or home from someone else.

According to the US Census Bureau, America's homeownership rate stood at 64.4% near the end of 2014. In other words, only 35.6% of the nation's population rents housing, rather than owns it. New York City is almost the exact opposite. In 2013, only 32.2% of the City's 8.406 million residents owned their own homes. That leaves 5.7 million people renting.

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3 Things Your Landlord Has To Do

But as we all know, with rental housing comes landlords. You've heard horror stories of terrible landlords. If you haven't, check this out. But where does "terrible" slip into "illegal"?

Here's a list of a landlord's legal responsibilities in New York State. If your landlord breaks one, you may have grounds for an NYC personal injury lawsuit.

1. Provide A "Habitable" Residence

As a tenant in New York, you have the right to a safe, livable home.

In legal terms, landlords are held to an "implied warranty of habitability" and its set out in Chapter 50, Article 7, Section 235-b of New York State Code.

By accepting your rent, your landlord has agreed to provide you with a livable environment, whether or not this agreement was explicit.

So what does New York consider "livable"?

The law states that properties leased or rented

"and all areas used in connection therewith in common with other tenants or residents are fit for human habitation and for the uses reasonably intended by the parties and that the occupants of such premises shall not be subjected to any conditions which would be dangerous, hazardous or detrimental to their life, health or safety."

Setting aside the legalese, two things become clear after reading the actual statute.

  1. "warranty of habitability" applies primarily to common areas. Landlords don't have to clean your room for you.
  2. the premium is placed on safety. Your apartment building doesn't have to be nice; it just can't threaten your health.

Note that New York's warranty of habitability does not apply to condominiums.

2. Repair Problems

Landlords aren't legally required to fix every little thing. If there's a crack in a plaster wall, but it's not a detriment to your "life, health or safety," your landlord probably doesn't have to repair it.

But big things, like a broken heater (unheated homes are considered "unlivable") or a missing floorboard, have to be fixed. Unsafe fire escapes, broken stair railings, and malfunctioning elevators are all covered, too.

This requirement includes infestations. If you have rats or roaches, your landlord has to take care of it. As Section 235-b says, "the owner shall keep all and every part of a multiple dwelling, the lot on which it is situated, and the roofs, yards, courts, passages, areas or alleys appurtenant thereto, clean and free from vermin, dirt, filth, garbage or other thing or matter dangerous to life or health."

But there's a big distinction we should make here. If you caused a problem, it will never be considered a breach of the warranty of habitability. In that case, it's your duty to make the repairs.

3. Maintain A Nontoxic Home

In many homes built before the late 70s, lead paint and asbestos were commonly used to cover and insulate walls. In higher concentrations, both are extremely dangerous.

Federal law only requires landlords to remove these hazards when they exist above a dangerous limit. But if any asbestos or lead paint exist on the property, your landlord must warn you of its presence at the least.

Does My Landlord Need To Remove Lead Paint?

If there's lead paint in your apartment, US Code Title Ten requires landlords to provide new tenants with a disclosure agreement and a little booklet from the EPA.

New York City has its own regulations concerning lead, passed in 2004 as Local Law 1. The law presumes that lead paint exists in:

Lead poisoning is particularly dangerous to children; it can cause severe developmental disorders. But on the wall, lead paint isn't all that threatening. It's when the paint crumbles or peels, filling the air with lead dust, that it becomes truly harmful.

Just like the federal law, New York's lead paint regulations do not require landlords to remove lead paint, unless it's become an imminent health hazard.

If you have lead paint in your apartment, and notice it peeling, report the problem to your landlord. Your landlord must fix the problem. If they don't, you can call 311 and the City will send out an inspector to test the paint for lead. Your landlord may receive a violation for failing to address matter.

You cannot sue your landlord for allowing lead paint to exist in your apartment until you have suffered a demonstrable injury as a result.

Do Landlords Have To Remove Asbestos?


Like lead paint, asbestos insulation is only considered a danger to health and safety when it becomes airborne. In most cases, asbestos is actually best left alone, rather than removed. The removal process can release a dangerous amount of asbestos fibers into the air.

But federal law requires the owners of buildings built before 1981 to post warnings about asbestos wherever it is. Usually, the regulations will at least force landlords to test for asbestos. If asbestos is found, they have to notify tenants.

When asbestos is found in a dangerous condition, if it presents an immediate threat to health, landlords must remove it. As a tenant, you are not liable for any costs related to the removal.

Enforcing Your Tenant Rights In New York City

If you've found a problem that you think is your landlord's responsibility, ask them to fix it. You have a right to a property that meets "basic structural, health and safety standards."

But you need to provide your landlord with actual ("constructive") notice before the law steps in. You don't have to put anything in writing, but you do have to tell them.

Once you've reported the problem, wait for your landlord to fix it. This becomes a legal issue if your landlord fails to address issues that threaten your health or safety.

In that case, you may have two options, generally protected as rights under New York State law:

  1. Withhold rent entirely until the problem of habitability is addressed
  2. Have the problem repaired yourself and then deduct the cost from your rent.

Note that "rent and deduct," that second option, has only been upheld in court under emergency conditions. It was found a legal form of recourse in a case that involved a broken door lock.

Before you exercise either of those rights, make sure that the condition you want fixed truly breaches the warranty of habitability. There's a good list of situations that satisfy the requirement on the New York State Unified Court System's website.

Can My Landlord "Punish" Me?


In New York State, it is illegal for your landlord to "retaliate" after you report a problem, complain to a governmental agency or exercise any other legal rights.

They cannot terminate your tenancy, evict you, increase your rent or stop you from receiving necessary services.

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Looking at past judgments can be an interesting way to think about your own potential case. And every year, the New York Law Journal releases a survey of the State's biggest personal injury settlements and verdicts.

Below, we've detailed 2013's top 3 lawsuits that involved "premises liability," when a property owner is negligent in their duties and someone else gets hurt. If you slipped and fell, this is a good place to start assessing the potential of your case.

But don't take these numbers too seriously. They can't tell how much your case is "worth." Not even an experienced personal injury attorney can do that. Lawsuits can hinge on the smallest detail, and the particular circumstances of your own situation are what matters.

New York's Largest Premises Liability Judgments

1. Woman Struck By Shopping Cart In Costco

Nudelman v. Costco Wholesale Corp., $9.9 million

On January 26, 2009, Rose Mendez Nudelman, an artist from Brooklyn, was shopping with her husband at the local Costco.

The wholesale store has two floors, with an escalator between them. In order for shoppers to roam freely, the escalators have no stairs. Instead, they are equipped with locking grooves. Shoppers can secure the wheels of their carts into these grooves, and travel upwards with the goods they plan to purchase.

Nudelman and her husband did precisely that, and stood roughly 15 feet behind their cart as the escalator ascended. But the cart began to roll backward, striking Mrs. Nudelman who toppled backwards on the moving surface. She sustained injuries to her arms and neck, which led to severe neurological damage and considerable pain.

At trial, Nudelman argued that her cart had never been secured in the grooves and that it was Costco's responsibility to ensure that carts were safely fastened. Her attorney also claimed that the incident could have been a result of an escalator malfunction, although he failed to specify the defect. Nevertheless, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff, awarding her a total of $9,903,825.

3. Leg Stuck In Subway Gap

Howell v. New York Transit Authority, $9 million

Tamara Howell, described in court documents as a "large woman," was riding the Lexington Avenue Express (#4) subway line through the Bronx. She was standing in front of the doors and, at a stop, tried to quickly exit the train to allow other passengers to exit. Unfortunately, Howell's leg became stuck in the narrow gap separating the train car from the platform.

Tamara Howell sued the New York Transit Authority, alleging that the gap was not sufficiently narrow. She argued that the subway's engineers should be held liable for her injuries.

In her initial trial, Howell was vindicated by the jury, and awarded a whopping $9 million for pain and suffering and medical expenses. But her case wouldn't make it through the appeals process.

The New York Transit Authority (NYTA) quickly contested the judgment. The entire case hinged on the precise distance of the gap. During the first trial, Howell claimed that the gap was approximately 12 inches wide, far wider than was necessary and potentially dangerous. But crucially, she had used the width of her own leg to arrive at this conclusion. In the end, it amounted only to a guess.

The defendant, on the other hand, had hard data. Multiple experts, including a subway inspector and engineer, testified to the gap's width: no more than 3.75 inches. This distance is well within the Transit Authority's own policy of six inches, and Howell's verdict was vacated.

3. Repairman Plummets Through Attic Floor

Epshteyn v. Branchinelli, $2.75 million

On June 26, 2007, Leonid Epshteyn, an HVAC repairman, got a routine call from homeowner Rosetta Branchinelli. After driving to Branchinelli's house in Manhasset, Epshteyn got to work. He climbed up to the house's attic and began repairs.

After finishing his job, Epshteyn abruptly fell through the attic's floor, dropping 20 feet to the story below. Epshteyn suffered numerous bone fractures: to his heel, shoulder, three ribs, and middle finger. He was hospitalized for 28 days, and then began a long course of physical therapy.

In his lawsuit, Epshteyn claimed that the attic's "floor" was actually a loose array of unsecured plywood beams. He alleged that Branchinelli had failed to warn him of the danger. To make matters worse, neither plaintiff nor defendant could find the attic's light switch, and Epshteyn was forced to stumble through the darkness with only his flashlight as aid. Branchinelli fired back, arguing that the light switch was in plain view and its placement had violated no building codes. Further, Epshteyn, who had successfully navigated the plywood to reach her air-conditioning unit, should have been able to exit in the same safe manner.

New York State's "comparative negligence" doctrine allows responsibility to be split between plaintiffs and defendants. Any jury verdict is split as well. The jury in this case found Epshteyn, the repairman, 52% liable and Branchinelli 48% liable. And even though Epshteyn was considered more than half responsible for his own injuries, he still secured a healthy verdict. The jury eventually awarded him $2.5 million.

Injured In A Slip & Fall Accident?

Were you hurt in an accident involving someone else's property? Do you think their negligence led to your injuries? As we've seen, New York's courts can be sympathetic to accident victims.

Contact the personal injury attorneys at Banville Law for a free consultation. We'll review your situation within 24 hours, and then outline the best road forward. There's no obligation, and no fee. An experienced slip and fall lawyer is only a call away.

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2013, the last year for which we have conclusive records, was huge for personal injury plaintiffs in New York. With uncommon regularity, victims won, and when they did, they won big. Here's our countdown of New York's largest verdicts and settlements. New York Magazine has a comprehensive chart.


These results just go to show that justice can carry the day in this country. This article is brought to you by our personal injury lawyers in NYC.

Biggest Personal Injury Verdicts In New York: 2013

1. Asbestos Caused Men's Cancer

Assenzio v. A.O. Smith Water Products, Co., $190 million

On July, 23 2013, New York's Supreme Court handed down one of its largest verdicts of all time. A whopping $190 million, intended to make five men whole after they contracted mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer, due to asbestos exposure.

The verdict was shocking not only for its size, but also because it defied many expectations. Asbestos' significant dangers have been well known since at least the 1980s. The intervening years saw billions paid to victims by negligent private contractors and industrial manufacturers. But its the 21st Century now, and many legal scholars thought that large asbestos settlements had all but dried up.

The five New York City residents had all worked in contact with water heaters manufactured by A.O. Smith Water Products. Two were plumbers, two steam fitters, the last a painter. Crucially, A.O. Smith failed to warn consumers and workers that may of its most popular products contained dangerous amounts of asbestos.

2. Nurse Malpractice Caused Infant's Brain Injury

Reilly v. Ninia, $130 million

November 1, 2002, Suffolk County. Danni and Frank Reilly, residents of Bayport, New York, were overjoyed, and understandably nervous, as they entered St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. Danni was in labor, with a healthy baby who would soon be named Shannon. But a placental rupture called for emergency C-section; obstetrician Jerry Ninia performed the surgery.

Something went wrong. Shannon was born with cerebral palsy, a crippling neurological disorder that leaves sufferers unable to move and often, unable to communicate. Surprisingly, many of the couples' charges fell upon their nurse, rather than Ninia himself. In all, she departed from reasonable obstetric protocols in seven different ways. The couple also alleged that Danni was instructed to begin pushing prematurely, which led to the rupture of her placenta and the tragedy that came after.

The press was shocked to learn that the Reilly Family had passed on an $8 million settlement back in 2009. Their attorney advised against the deal and, after almost 4 years of litigation, including appeals, the move to trial paid off. The Reilly's were ultimately awarded $130 million.

3. Driver's Failure To Yield Caused Police Crash

Andino v. Mills, $31 million

This case is particularly odd because it featured a police officer as the plaintiff.

On August 18, 2004, Niurka Andino, a police sergeant, was riding shotgun in a cop car. Officer Rafael Villegas was behind the wheel. As the two approached the Bronx's Pelham Parkway, they fielded a call over the dispatch radio: an armed robbery was underway. Villegas quickly flipped on his vehicle's emergency light and blaring sirens. The two sped off to respond.

As they entered an intersection, their car was struck by an SUV, owned by the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) and operated by Ronald Mills. Andino suffered numerous injuries, including a hemorrhaged spinal disc that left her hand useless. After five years of physical therapy, Andino attempted to return to the force, but couldn't. Her psychiatrist concluded that her residual injuries had caused total disability. She was forced to retire.

In her case, Andino argued that Mills' had operated his car negligently, failing to yield to a police vehicle on emergency duty. She also claimed that the NYCT was partially liable for Mills' actions. The jury found Mills and the Transit Authority completely responsible for Andino's injuries, awarding her $31 million, including $23 million for future pain and suffering.

4. Doctor's Failed To Treat Boy's Jaundice

Sence v. Atoynatan, $24.8 million

Jaelin Sence was born in 2007, in New York Methodist Hospital. While his mother, Myrtho Sence, expressed concern over her child's yellowing skin, nurse's repeatedly assured her that jaundice was common among newborns and would go away soon. The family was discharged less than two days after Jaelin's birth.

Tragically, the boy's condition worsened, until vomiting led his parents back to the emergency room. At Kings County Hospital, Jaelin was diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia, a severe form of jaundice that can lead to cerebral  palsy. And while doctors were able to save Jaelin's life, they could not prevent massive brain damage. Jaelin, who is now six years old, now lives his life in a wheelchair. The boy has never spoken a word.

In 2013, a jury found Methodist Hospital's staff negligent for failing to treat Jaelin's jaundice. His family was awarded $24,813,260.

5. Lack Of Shoring, Faulty Equipment Caused Construction Worker's Disability

Bajramaj v. Ciminello Industrial Property Associates, LLC, $20 million

Ljuan Bajramaj, a construction worker, was building a new Home Depot in the Bronx. In order to install a required fire hydrant, Bajramaj descended into a deep trench to turn off the water main. A coworker lowered him a circular saw, and he began cutting. Then, the excavation caved in, burying Bajramaj along with his saw. Crucially, the saw's safety had been taped shut, and would not stop spinning when Ljuan's finger left its trigger.

Bajramaj sustained severe injuries, including lacerations to his head and shoulders from the saw, and a torn rotator cuff from the crushing dirt. In his case, Ljuan argued that Ciminello Industrial, the project's managing contractor, had never permitted the trench. Nor had the installed any shoring, required on all trenches deeper than four feet. Tampering with construction equipment to override safety mechanisms is also illegal.

On July 2, 2013, the jury returned its verdict. The contractors supervising the site would bear 90% of the liability for Ljuan's injuries, and pay him $20,026,366.

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Іt іs sоmеtіmеs difficult tо prove whо іs аt fault fоr slip аnd fall accidents. Thousands оf people еасh year аrе injured іn Νеw York City, mаnу seriously, frоm slipping аnd falling оn а floor, stairs, оr frоm unswept autumn leaves. The OHSA cites 15% slip, trip and falls result in accidental deaths. Read the report on walking surfaces here. Ноwеvеr, sоmеtіmеs іt mау bе difficult tо prove thаt thе owner оf thе property іs responsible fоr а slip аnd fall accident.

Falls Of The Common Kind

Неrе іs hоw уоu саn decipher whо іs аt fault, аnd hоw уоu саn gо ahead іn thе initial stages оf lawful compensation fоr injuries. Іf уоu wеrе injured іn а Νеw York City slip-and-fall accident оn sоmеоnе else's property, уоu mау bе entitled tо compensation fоr уоur injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents аrе аmоng thе mоst common kind оf NYC personal injury lawsuits.

Just аs іt sounds, а slip-and-fall accident occurs whеn уоu trip оvеr оr slip оn sоmеthіng оn thе floor, thеn fall dоwn аnd injure уоursеlf. А slip-and-fall accident mау аlsо bе knоwn аs a:

A Costly Slippery Autumn Walk

When thеrе іs а роtеntіаllу dangerous walking surface, thе Νеw York City property owner (оr tenant) аnd thе person whо іs walking оn thе surface bears sоmе responsibility fоr preventing thе slip-and-fall аnd avoiding injuries. Тhе Νеw York City property owner must kеер thе property safe. During the autumn season, this includes the periodical removal of leaves that have fallen from trees. Аnуоnе whо encounters а dangerous walking surface іn Νеw York City must аlsо exercise reasonable care tо avoid hurting themselves.

Remember, that in а slip аnd fall lawsuit, еасh party hаs sоmе degree оf responsibility. Тhе injured party hаs tо shоw thаt hе оr shе exercised reasonable care whеn walking оn thе dangerous surface. Additionally, thе property owner hаs tо shоw thаt hе оr shе tооk reasonable care tо kеер thе property safe.

Who is At Fault?

Remember, lawsuits has to do with reasonableness. If the property owner never swept up autumn leaves, or seem to not have any intention in doing so, then they are potentially liable for any expenses incurred by an injury. How long has the defect been present? Property owners who habitually sweep up their leaves are protecting themselves from potential lawsuits. Neglible property owners are not.

What Саn I Ве Compensated Fоr?

Statue Оf Limitations: File Lawsuit Іn А Reasonable Timeframe

New York stаtе law gіvеs уоu three years frоm thе dаtе оf уоur Νеw York City slip-and-fall injury tо file а claim аgаіnst thе party аt fault. (Тhіs time limit іs knоwn аs thе statute оf limitations.) Іf уоu аnd уоur Νеw York City personal injury lawyer аrе unable tо negotiate а settlement wіth thе property's owner оr tenant (оr wіth thеіr insurance company), уоu shоuld consider filing а lawsuit bеfоrе thе statute оf limitations runs out. Read the New York City Bar report here.

For Νеw York City slip-and-fall injury claims worth mоrе thаn $25,000, уоu wоuld file уоur lawsuit іn thе appropriate Supreme Court. Claims involving slip-and-fall accident injuries іn Νеw York City аnd еlsеwhеrе іn Νеw York County wоuld bе heard іn thе Civil Branch оf thе Supreme Court оf thе Ѕtаtе оf Νеw York, Νеw York County.

If уоur Νеw York City slip-and-fall accident claim іs fоr lеss thаn $25,000, уоu wоuld file уоur personal injury lawsuit іn thе Νеw York civil court thаt hаs jurisdiction. Fоr slip-and-fall claims іn Νеw York, Roosevelt Island, Randall's Island, Ward's Island, аnd еlsеwhеrе іn Νеw York County, thе Νеw York City Civil Court wоuld hаvе jurisdiction.

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New York is a popular city for many reasons. There are numerous designer shops to peruse, many restaurants offering authentic cuisine, and a full list of entertaining activities to participate in. Many people seeking entertainment in New York enjoy the city's numerous nightclubs and bars.

Nightlife in New York is always bustling. If you find yourself visiting the nightclubs in this amazing city, know that the city has extensive nightclub laws (see laws here).

However, in the event an accident or injury does occur, you need to take special safety measures, including contacting one of our experienced NYC slip and fall accident attorneys at Banville Law.

How Could A Trip And Fall Accident Occur In A Nightclub?

Here are some situations that could increase the likelihood of such an accident occurring at a nightclub or similar night spot in New York:

What To Do If You Become Injured After Falling At A New York Nightclub

If while hanging out at one of the many New York nightclubs you do happen to fall and injure yourself pretty seriously, then you can take action and possibly receive compensation for your injuries. Not only could your medical bills be paid for, but you could receive substantial compensation to replace lost wages, for pain and suffering, and more.

1. Seek Medical Attention

The first thing you need to do is to get to an emergency room. If you need an ambulance called, don't be ashamed - allow the nightclub owners to have one sent.

After undergoing a thorough examination and receiving treatment, you can then gauge the severity of your injuries. If you simply sprained an ankle and you're expected to make a full recovery, then you probably wouldn't have a case.

2. Contact An Experienced Slip & Fall Attorney

On the other hand, if you seriously hurt your back or neck (see here for back and neck injuries), or you break one or more bones, then you should contact an attorney that specializes in accidents and injuries. The attorney will work hard to assist you with being awarded what you're entitled to.

Hanging out at nightclubs in New York can be extremely exciting. Not only can you meet some nice and interesting people, but you can have more fun than you ever thought possible. While spending time dancing and drinking at the various nightclubs in the Big Apple, it is important to take certain precautions in order to prevent a possible slip, trip and fall accident from occurring.

If you do end up falling and injuring yourself pretty severely while at a nightclub, then you need to contact a good accident and injury lawyer. A lawyer that deals in this type of law can provide you with sound advice, travel to the nightclub where the accident occurred, in order to gather evidence, and fight to prove your case in court, so you can receive the compensation that you deserve.

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 2, 2019
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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