Thursday, December 18, 2014
Report: City not removing tire swings from Tompkins Square Park
The city isn't removing the tire swing that killed a man in Tompkins Square Park on Monday afternoon, the Post reports.
Harlem resident Aleim Perkins, 39, was playing with his 6-year-old niece in the playground off East Ninth Street and Avenue A. Witnesses have said he was aggressively pushing an empty tire swing when it struck him in the face.
"We do not plan to remove the swings at present. A close inspection yesterday found the swing to be in safe working order," a Parks Department spokesperson told the Post.
There are 53 tire swings in NYC parks. According to the spokesperson, this is the first time anyone has ever died from a tire swing injury in a city park.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Witness to a tragedy in Tompkins Square Park