Someday, Somehow, This Fence Might Get Fixed

by - January 27, 2010 at 1:24 am -

Way back in August, a cab plowed through the fence surrounding the subway station on the south side of 72nd Street and Broadway. Since then, the city has erected all sorts of makeshift barriers to cover the hole in the fence, using wood, plastic tape and now portable gates to fill the gap. But the fence itself has not been fixed, and it’s unclear when it will be — in part because the city is now trying to get the cabbie who plowed through the fence to help pay for the repairs.

taxi2The area has been a mess since the accident, with tons of garbage, barriers, and pieces of wood piling up. After locals started to complain, Councilwoman Gale Brewer wrote to the MTA in November asking for some answers about why the fence hadn’t been repaired.

When the MTA wrote back more than a month later the agency said the area around the subway station is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Parks and Recreation. A parks spokeswoman tells us that it’s “taking steps to arrange the fence‚Äôs repair,” working with the NYPD to get money from the taxi company that owns the cab that ripped through the fence. (The crash injured three people, and the driver wasn’t charged.)

Are we really waiting on this cabbie to get the fence repaired? Is the city instituting a “you broke it, you fix it” policy? On second thought, that might not be the worst thing. Pay up, taxi company!

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  1. Nicholas Mullen says...

    Highly doubtful they’ll get a cent from the cabbie or the cab company. Most taxis are set up as individual corporations (1 car = 1 corporation), with minimal liability insurance, which was likely exhausted taking care of the injured passengers. Once the insurance is gone, the individual taxi corp goes bankrupt and any other additional monies needed to cover outstanding damages becomes uncollectible. Repairing that unsightly gap is as likely as a timely completion of the Second Avenue Subway.