SIDEWALK RISE OF A LITTLE OVER AN INCH WAS A NON-ACTIONABLE TRIVIAL DEFECT.
The Second Department determined a sidewalk rise of slightly more than an inch was a non-actionable trivial defect:
Here, the owners and the lessees submitted … evidence to establish that the defect at issue was, at most, a rise of slightly more than one inch in a portion of the sidewalk and that neither the alleged defect nor the surrounding circumstances increased the risk to her … . [Plaintiff] testified at her deposition that she had traversed the sidewalk on numerous previous occasions without incident before the incident at issue. She testified that it was a sunny day and there were no crowds, construction, or other obstructions to block her view of the sidewalk as she traversed it. Thus, through her testimony, the owners and the lessees established that the alleged defect was not only small in size, but was also in a well-illuminated location that [plaintiff] had previously traversed on numerous occasions and that nothing in the area obstructed her view of the location and the alleged defect. Chee v DiPaolo, 2016 NY Slip Op 02777, 2nd Dept 4-13-16