In December, a woman walking near Times Square was killed when part of a building facade fell.
The City Council then considered legislation to allow the Department of Buildings to use drones to inspect building facades more quickly, but the bill stalled.
“It seems not a day goes by that another piece of a building falls on somebody,” said Manhattan City Council member Ben Kallos.
Building owners often erect sidewalk sheds to protect passersby from debris that may fall from unsafe buildings, but some fail to quickly repair the unsafe condition. Kallos proposed legislation that would allow the city to impose tougher fines in such cases and charge the owners for repairs.
“There shouldn’t be a place where any part of a building is falling on anybody,“ said Kallos.