A wheelchair-reliant New York resident alleges in a proposed class action lawsuit that defendants 535 Hudson Realty LLC and RPB Partners LLC have made a financial decision to keep in place architectural barriers the lawsuit claims exclude disabled individuals from access to the companies’ public accommodations. Citing alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) abuses, the lawsuit centers on New York City’s Sweet Corner Bakeshop, a commercial property owned or leased by the defendants. The plaintiff claims he attempted to visit the place of public accommodation in 2017 and 2018 yet was unable to enter due to an allegedly unlawful architectural barrier—two steps located in the main entrance.
“The removal of existing architectural barriers is readily available,” the case reads. “To date, [the defendants] have failed to remove the architectural barriers.”