why should we care use the other side of the street!

Today Ella and I decided to roll 5 miles to Bayside and another 5 back and have lunch while we were there. After about 4 miles of the 5 we came to a construction site on the left hand side of northern boulevard on the corner of corporal kennedy ave and Northern boulevard, and as we sat across the other side of the corner we couldn’t believe what we saw. As it turns out a Chinese owned company had built a 10ft high wooden security fence around the building site and had taken up more than 3/4’s of the sidewalk as well which already was compromised for space with a busstop and trees.
Ella rang the number on the sign and explained the problem ,that she and a woman in a wheelchair were attempting to use the side walk infroont of their site but the illplaced fence made it impossible. A woman who spoke english but with a very heavy chinese accent said”why do you have to use that street?” to which Ella replied”Why wouldn’t I? it’s my legal right and federal law for the dsabled that you can’t do this” she replied why not cross the road”( small point of order here, Northern boulevard and Queens boulevard are jointly known in the area as the boulevards of death. Crossing them to avoid her illegal fence in a wheelchair is like playing Russian roulette)
The woman hung up and we were left, two women one wheelchair and a service dog to drop 12 inches into the gutter and slowly roll around until we could safely mount the curb again.See pic below
chinese curb
The block of sidewalk affected was over 100 yards on one of the deadliest roads in new York.

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

2 thoughts on “why should we care use the other side of the street!”

  1. This is such a shame. I’ve seen things like this all the time, especially in larger cities, and sometimes there isn’t even a sidewalk on the other side of the street at all. Is there anything you can do beyond calling the given number?

    Also, I would like to mention that I’m pretty sure the company is Korean, not Chinese as the characters on the sign are Korean, not Chinese.

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