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A Maspeth cliff with no boundaries

An exposed 50-foot drop-off is frustrating residents and officials

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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Thu May 16, 2013.

On 60th Place near the 62nd Avenue intersection in Maspeth, there is a cliff where nothing but a dead-end sign stands in the way of a 50-foot fall down the rocky slope to the railroad tracks.

“With the warmer weather coming and school ending soon there will be more kids out and one of them could fall off this cliff,” civic activist and parent Charlene Stubbs, who brought attention to the issue, said.

Adding a barrier to this exposed safety hazard is a bit complicated as it is privately owned land. The city Department of Transportation, which can only address issues on city-owned land, said that the responsibility falls on the owner.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Maspeth) spokesman, Eric Yun, said their office is working to find the name of the owner.

“We’ve been trying to track it down,” Yun said. “If we can’t get in touch with the owners, then we’re going to have to speak with the Department of Buildings and get them involved. Since it’s private, we can’t just put a fence up ourselves.”

So far Crowley’s office has found the listed owner to be Ridgewood Realty Mana but a Google search returned no results on the company.

No one is known to have fallen from the edge but there is a slew of garbage including a big-screen television. It is unclear when the issue is to be resolved but Yun said Crowley’s office would continue to investigate.

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