New York City

Business Owner Charged $30,000 by NYC to Fix Sidewalk He Says Was Damaged by Elevated Subway

Says its the city's fault, not his


The Department of Transportation (DOT) is forcing Louis Gellman, owner of Hilna Discount Tires (86th Street and Stillwell Avenue) to pay $30,000 to repair the cracked sidewalk in front of his business. Gellman believes that the MTA is responsible for the fractured sidewalk claiming that MTA construction vehicles and tremors caused by the overhead D train caused the damage.

The DOT will soon fix the fractured pavement and send a bill to the beleaguered business owner, but, according to a Brooklyn Daily report, Gellman is outraged and believes he is getting screwed over by the city.