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New Yorkers say neglected sidewalks show de Blasio lack of concern for pedestrians

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MIDTOWN EAST, Manhattan – Welcome to the slush ballet.

New Yorkers trying ever so gracefully to leap over the slush moats and snowy swamps at crosswalks throughout the city, like the one at 42nd street and Third Avenue.

"It is really treacherous," one pedestrian complained to PIX11. "There are slush moats out here. Really tough to cross the street."

In Park Slope, several building owners hadn't even attempted to clear the side walk, let alone the crosswalk.

The city requires property owners to clear adjacent sidewalks of snow to 18 inches beyond the curb or face fines of up to $350.

As far as we know, no fines to these property owner who are even making it difficult for children to get to a nearby school.

"This is the morning route for a lot of kids," Irena Shiba told PIX11 news.

Cathy Williams, a Crown Heights resident, had to walk in the street, alongside passing cars, to get to work because the sidewalks and crosswalks were not shoveled.

"We're New Yorkers, we will get through this," Ms. Williams said. "It is what it is!"

Road safety activist Doug Gordon says these slushy lagoons can sometimes dangerously push pedestrians into traffic.

The state of these slushy crosswalks, according to Gordon, clearly shows the de Blasio Administration's priorities: drivers first, pedestrians second.

"The city should be exploring new ways to clear the snow," Gordon told PIX11, "There's a lot of room for improvement."