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.”