These injuries are usually referred to as Trip and Fall accidents. Section 7-210 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York places the duty to maintain the sidewalk that abut real property on the real property owner. However this subdivision does not apply to one-two or three family homes that are in whole or in part owner occupied and used exclusively for residential purposes.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective sidewalk in the City of New York it imperative that you contact an attorney that handles these types of claims. Multiple parties may be responsible for your injury, which may include the property owner, the City of New York as well as others who control or maintain the real property. An attorney is best able to handle this and navigate these complex issues, including filing the necessary notices with the City of New York in a timely manner.