In the wake of the recent winter storm, Manhattan roads were little more than snowy madness; one car even fell victim to ice falling from a building above where it was parked. Unfortunately, this can be a common hazard for those unfortunate New Yorkers who actually own cars.
The winter storm front that whipped through the east coast this January brought a cutting chill and terrible conditions, but the aftermath of this fallen ice incident was pure automotive carnage. Coltrane Nadler walked out to his car Tuesday afternoon to discover that it had been completely decimated by a fallen block of ice.
“Then I realized that an icicle had fallen off the building and smashed my car,” Nadler told NBC New York after hearing a commotion while walking back to his car.
Though many people would be angry about an incident like this, Nadler seemed to take it in stride. “I have insurance, so I can’t complain,” he said, adding that he “enjoys the humor in the fact that an icicle hit my car.”
Estimates suggest that 77% of cars need either maintenance or repairs at any given time. Likely very few owners of these cars are as nonchalant as Nadler.
Then again, Manhattan has a notoriously difficult relationship with cars, so Nadler’s reaction might not seem too out of place after all.
Though Manhattan is far from car friendly, the outer boroughs are still somewhat dependant on autos for transportation. An increasingly popular solution for Brooklynites, Queen residents, and Coney Islanders alike is the nationally infamous Uber Technologies.
Uber, for the uninitiated, is a ride-sharing service run on an app. It allows regular people to use their car as a taxi, picking up people who need a ride, and getting paid a cut of the fare for their service.
As with many disruptive ideas, Uber promised drivers the moon but failed to deliver. This is reflected in the 2,421 person class action lawsuit filed against the company for allegedly siphoning fees from drivers.
Of course, Uber quickly settled for a cool $3 million, but bitterness and further accusations of false advertising continue on the part of Uber drivers.
Especially in a metropolitan area, driving for a living comes with a certain level of risk. Nationally, there are 6 million car crashes per year, and someone is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes.
Driving a car, especially in the city, carries a certain level of risk for injury or even death. Then again, parking in the city apparently carries the risk of your car being crushed by gigantic falling ice blocks.
Though Brooklyn Uber drivers might undertake a little more risk than their smaller city counterparts, it’s largely the same. The risks of driving are well known, especially to career drivers, and they likely won’t dissuade people keen on keeping their cars.
For New Yorkers who choose to have their car in the city, then, it’s simply another day.