Concerns About Manhattan Curb Cuts to Help Disabled

NEW YORK (AP) -

Many of the curb cuts designed to help disabled people access Manhattan sidewalks are disintegrating, obstructed or nonexistent, according to a report.

Volunteers who analyzed 1,209 curb cuts found that just 115, or 9.5 percent, were fully compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, according to the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

“Crumbling concrete and potholes can make navigating Manhattan streets problematic even for able-bodied New Yorkers — just ask anyone who has pushed a stroller or pulled a food cart for more than a couple blocks,” said the report. “But for the roughly 600,000 [disabled, they] … are a serious concern.”

People with disabilities comprise 14 percent of Manhattan’s population.