Scaffolding on city streets
Current permits exist for scaffolding for 7,708 projects in New York City, with 870 of them being up for two years or more. Known as construction sheds, these steel-and-plywood structures are designed to protect pedestrians around buildings that are being built or repaired. Although the permits for the sheds last a year, about 17% of them have been up for more than a year old due to the level of construction and renovation work required. Read more about the sidewalk sheds. This database, based on information from the city's Department of Buildings, was posted on Sept. 16, 2015.