Manhattan Times News: Many Outdoor Dining Spaces Lack Full AccessibilityApril 23, 2021
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New York City restaurants must follow the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as state and city disability laws, said Christopher Schuyler, Senior Staff Attorney with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.
Eman Rimawi has grown increasingly frustrated by the busier sidewalks, now filled with hungry diners sitting at tables, or waiting to eat, which limits the room she has to walk.
Rimawi, whose legs were both amputated because of lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks a person’s tissue and organs, said she has had to maneuver into the street with her walker because she could not get through sidewalks crowded with brunch-goers and evening diners. Cars honked at her, but she said she had no other way of getting around.
“I can’t fly. I’m not a superhero because I’m an amputee,” said Rimawi. “What do you want me to do? All I can do is walk in the street to avoid this and then come back on the sidewalk when I can.”
Photo credits to Sam Bloch
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