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If any trees fall unto one's private property, one can use self-help to remove the trees (i.e. cut them) up to the border line. One can also seek damages from the other party (in this case, the city) for the reasonable cause of removal if contractors were used. Even if there is a municipal statute of 7.3 feet from the street is restricted from use, this does not mean that the trees are free to overgrow unto one's property.
However, any "beautification" side effect to the sidewalk is coincidental and not basis for any judgment.
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Is nyc responsible for maintaining the trees that are within that area ? Or am I responsible since the roots of one have pulled up my sidewalk and creates a trip hazard ..
The NYC is responsible for maintaining whatever sidewalk is city property. They may maintain it; they do not have to. The NYC does not have to maintain your property even if its trees pulled up some of your personal sidewalk, but one can get a JUDGMENT against the city for what it would cost to get the private sidewalk back to the way it was.
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