PIX FIX: Her pit of despair in a Queens sidewalk damaged by Sandy

Posted at 8:38 PM, Feb 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-28 20:41:11-05

OZONE PARK,  QUEENS (PIX11) — Almost every tree in Grace Dezna’s neighborhood was ripped out of the ground by Hurricane Sandy.

Now she says she is worried she is going to be hit by the city next.

A gaping hole in the sidewalk left by a tree just outside her home is a dangerous remnant of the superstorm.  After several calls to 311, she found out she may have to pay for the repairs herself or face a summons from the city.

“It’s ridiculous really, I’m just trying to be a good citizen and then I’ll get slapped with a fine.  It doesn’t make sense, “said Denza, showing PIX11 News the damage done to her sidewalk.

With an elementary school just across the street on Whitelaw Street, she wants the city to come out and fix the damage as soon as possible, before someone gets hurt.

“I’m like a patrol woman, everyday, making sure no one gets hurt,” Denza said, showing us where she put up caution tape to make sure passersby don’t trip and fall.

PIX11 News has reached out to the Department of Transportation, the city agency that oversees sidewalk repairs. We are awaiting a comment.