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Sheds and scaffolding of NYC

The de Blasio administration released an interactive map Wednesday showing the location of every sidewalk shed--the reviled wooden structures built to protect pedestrians from construction work happening above (or not).

The sheds, which are often referred to as scaffolding, have drawn the ire of New Yorkers because many owners leave them up for years. In 2016, Crain's looked into the billion-dollar scaffolding industry and the state law that created it and found that there were 190 miles of sidewalk sheds in the city. Some had been standing for well over a decade.

As of Wednesday, there were 7,342 sheds covering 290 miles, a 42% increase since 2016.


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