NYC Pulls Down 8 Miles of Unnecessary Scaffolding

NEW YORK (AP) -
Workers on Thursday remove sidewalk scaffolding in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)
Workers on Thursday remove sidewalk scaffolding in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. (Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)

New York City officials announced Thursday that all unnecessary scaffolding has been removed from city public housing developments.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Brooklyn press conference that the city has removed 43,769 feet of scaffolding — more than eight miles — since he took office in January 2014.

Residents had complained that scaffolding had been left in place long after construction was completed. They believed the so-called “sidewalk sheds” were a blight and created dark spaces where crime could flourish.

De Blasio said the sheds were “a vivid, common reminder of neglect.”