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ABC7 New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue by Rob Nelson

New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue

"Trying to get past 59th used to give me great pause. I didn't know if I was going to make it because, in all honesty, it's a death trap ... not quite so anymore, and I was able to get here with protected bike lanes the whole way," said Ben Kallos, a New York City Councilman.
 

ABC7 New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue by ABC7

New York City opens bike lane on dangerous section of 2nd Avenue

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN (WABC) -- The new bike lane through one of New York City's most dangerous intersections is now complete.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning celebrated the opening of the Second Avenue bike lane between 68th Street and 59th Street. This means the avenue now has an uninterrupted bike lane from 123rd Street down to 43rd Street.

Officials said finishing this segment of the bike lane at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge will dramatically improve the safety of thousands of cyclists every day. They hope to one day extend the bike lane down to 34th Street.

ABC7 NYC Councilman wants cameras on sides of school buses after incidents of sidewalk driving by N.J. Burkett

NYC Councilman wants cameras on sides of school buses after incidents of sidewalk driving

A New York City Council member is calling for cameras on the sides of school buses that can record drivers so impatient they drive dangerously, following two such incidents recently in Brooklyn.

ABC7 7 On Your Side Investigates: New York City losing control of sidewalk shed spread by Jim Hoffer

7 On Your Side Investigates: New York City losing control of sidewalk shed spread

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Since the collapse of a sidewalk shed in SoHo in November of 2017 nearly killed a young model, the construction of these sheds over New York City sidewalks has jumped more than 17 percent.

At the time of the SoHo incident, there were 7,000 sidewalk sheds. Through the Department of Buildings, 7 On Your Side Investigates has confirmed there are now 8,197 sheds adding another 30 miles of scaffolding hanging over the heads of New Yorkers.

ABC7 New bill requires GPS tracking on all New York City school buses by Stacey Sager

New bill requires GPS tracking on all New York City school buses

"It's pretty straightforward. We can do it for Uber. We can do it on MTA buses. We can do it even on subways, and listen, if the MTA can get this right, it's scary that the city hasn't been able to get it right with our yellow buses," said Ben Kallos, a Democratic City Council member.

The portion of legislation involving the GPS will cost about $3.6 million in the first year of implementation. There's an estimated $1.8 million cost in the years to follow.

Eliyanna Kaiser, a New York City mother, said she is ready to celebrate over this new legislative package.

ABC7 Wooden planks everywhere as scaffolding collapses into the street in Lower Manhattan by Cefaan Kim

Wooden planks everywhere as scaffolding collapses into the street in Lower Manhattan

SOHO, Manhattan (WABC) --

Six people were hurt after scaffolding collapsed into the street in Lower Manhattan Sunday morning.

The incident happened just after 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Prince in SoHo.

Pictures from the scene show wooden planks all over the street, and FDNY firefighters at the scene.

FDNY officials said "we're absolutely lucky" there aren't more injured in this busy neighborhood. There is a subway stop right at the intersection, and the area was packed with people out enjoying their Sunday morning.

Investigators said strong wind is to blame for the collapse. A piece of plywood "acted like a sail" and blew the whole rig down.

Cellphone video shot moments after the collapse shows bystanders running in to help people trapped:

Two people had to be rescued from under the rubble. They and three others were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor, non-life threatening injuries.

ABC7 1 dead, 6 others ill from Legionnaires' disease cluster on Upper East Side by Darla Miles

1 dead, 6 others ill from Legionnaires' disease cluster on Upper East Side

The New York City Health Department announced the community cluster of the disease Friday. All seven cases have been confirmed in the last seven days. The area impacted is the Lenox Hill neighborhood, which runs from East 60th Street to East 77th Street.

Four of those infected with the disease are still hospitalized, two have been discharged and the person who died was in his/her 90s and had significant underlying health conditions.

Legionnaires' disease is caused when water tainted with Legionella bacteria is inhaled into the lungs. It's a severe form of pneumonia in which the lungs become inflamed due to infection.

The health department said symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion and diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear two to 10 days after significant exposure to Legionella bacteria.

ABC7 NYC Councilman Introducing Law to Have Building Scaffolding Removed in 6 Months by Carolina Leid

NYC Councilman Introducing Law to Have Building Scaffolding Removed in 6 Months

In response, Councilman Ben Kallos is proposing a law requiring time limits.

"I put in a proposal that would give landlords three to six months to do the work. They wouldn't be able to stop that work at any point for more than seven days. And if they don't do the work, the city needs to step in and do the work ourselves and make bad landlords pay," Councilman Kallos said.

ABC7 NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL TO HONOR FIREFIGHTERS WHO RESCUED MAN FROM UPPER EAST SIDE FIRE by WABC

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL TO HONOR FIREFIGHTERS WHO RESCUED MAN FROM UPPER EAST SIDE FIRE

Representatives from the FDNY, along with firefighters from Rescue 1 and Engines 53, 91, 58, 76, 44 will be on hand to receive a Proclamation from Council Member Ben Kallos at City Hall.

81-year-old Jim Duffy was trapped on the fifth floor of an apartment building on East 93rd Street that quickly became engulfed by fire.