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Molinari v. 167 Hous. Corp.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.
Feb 19, 2013
103 A.D.3d 507 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)

Opinion

2013-02-19

Peter MOLINARI, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. 167 HOUSING CORP., et al., Defendants–Appellants.

Fixler & LaGattuta, LLP, New York (Paul F. LaGattuta III of counsel), for appellants. Avanzino & Moreno, P.C., Brooklyn (Samantha Canterino of counsel), for respondent.



Fixler & LaGattuta, LLP, New York (Paul F. LaGattuta III of counsel), for appellants. Avanzino & Moreno, P.C., Brooklyn (Samantha Canterino of counsel), for respondent.
ANDRIAS, J.P., RENWICK, FREEDMAN, FEINMAN, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Judith J. Gische, J.), entered June 21, 2012, which denied defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Summary judgment was properly denied in this action where plaintiff was allegedly caused to fall by a raised sidewalk flag outside defendants' building, since triable issues exist as to whether defendants had constructive notice of the raised flag ( see George v. New York City Tr. Auth., 41 A.D.3d 143, 837 N.Y.S.2d 130 [1st Dept. 2007]; Obie v. Catsimatidis, 10 A.D.3d 569, 782 N.Y.S.2d 77 [1st Dept. 2004] ). Plaintiff testified as to the cause and location of his fall and such testimony was consistent with the photographs showing an uneven sidewalk at the location of the accident. Moreover, plaintiff stated that the condition of the defect at the time of the accident was substantially as shown in the photographs ( see Taylor v. New York City Tr. Auth., 48 N.Y.2d 903, 424 N.Y.S.2d 888, 400 N.E.2d 1340 [1979] ). Although there is no indication as to who took the subject photographs, or exactly when they were taken, where a defect in a concrete surface has indicia of coming into existence over a period of time, a jury could find that, “whenever taken,” certain photographs are “a fair and accurate representation” of the condition at the time of an accident ( Taylor at 905, 424 N.Y.S.2d 888, 400 N.E.2d 1340).

Moreover, since the photographs may be relied upon, the conclusion of plaintiff's expert that the sidewalk flag was a raised condition was “reasonably inferable from the photographs,” and no inspection was required by the expert, particularly where, as here, such an inspection would have been impossible under the circumstances ( Fazio v. Costco Wholesale Corp., 85 A.D.3d 443, 443, 924 N.Y.S.2d 381 [1st Dept. 2011] ). We have considered defendants' remaining contentions and find them unavailing.


Summaries of

Molinari v. 167 Hous. Corp.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.
Feb 19, 2013
103 A.D.3d 507 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
Case details for

Molinari v. 167 Hous. Corp.

Case Details

Full title:Peter MOLINARI, Plaintiff–Respondent, v. 167 HOUSING CORP., et al.…

Court:Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Date published: Feb 19, 2013

Citations

103 A.D.3d 507 (N.Y. App. Div. 2013)
962 N.Y.S.2d 42
2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 1034

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