It is no secret the New York City is a hub for breathtaking architecture and giant skyscrapers. Yet, the locals and tourists are distracted by the sidewalk sheds, making it difficult to look up and enjoy the beauty of the city. These sidewalk sheds cover over 270 miles of sidewalks spanning five boroughs. This can be tracked by New York’s Department of Buildings that released an interactive map that displays every single sidewalk shed in real time.
Sidewalk sheds are different than scaffolding. These sidewalk sheds are normally paired with scaffolding and are actually “required by law to protect the public from potential hazards when a building has a facade defects, is undergoing facade maintenance projects or where there is ongoing construction,” according to a press release from the DOB.
This map shows in-depth data including where exactly there are located throughout NYC and the average number of days each individual shed collectively have