Angel Cruzado, an Infant Under the Age of Fourteen Years by His Father and Natural Guardian, Reinaldo Ferreiro, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. The City of New York, et al., Defendants-Respondents.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Angel Cruzado, an Infant Under the Age of Fourteen Years by His Father and Natural Guardian, Reinaldo Ferreiro, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. The City of New York, et al., Defendants-Respondents.

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Decided: January 27, 2011

Gonzalez, P.J., Sweeny, Acosta, Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ. John F. Clennan, Ronkonkoma, for appellants. Michael A. Cardozo, Corporation Counsel, New York (Julian L. Kalkstein of counsel), for respondents.

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Order, Supreme Court, Bronx County (Larry S. Schachner, J.), entered July 6, 2010, which granted defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, and denied plaintiffs' cross motion to amend the complaint, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, the cross motion for leave to amend the complaint granted, the motion for summary judgment denied, and the complaint reinstated.

The infant plaintiff was injured when his roller blades allegedly made contact with a steel beam separating bricks from asphalt pavement at a park entranceway.   Plaintiffs moved for leave to amend the complaint so as to allege that the City had received prior written notice of the dangerous and defective condition (see Administrative Code of City of N.Y. § 7-201[c][2] ), in the form of a Big Apple map.   The motion should have been granted (see CPLR 3025 [b];  Reyes v. City of New York, 63 AD3d 615, 616 [2009], lv denied 13 NY3d 710 [2009] ).   Defendants argue that prior written notice was a new theory of liability not alleged in the notice of claim.   However, plaintiff's notice of claim, their original complaint, and their bill of particulars consistently alleged actual notice.   The notice of claim was timely served, and the General Municipal Law § 50-i statute of limitations did not bar an amendment to the complaint (see Runyan v. Board of Educ, 121 A.D.2d 708, 709 [1986] ).   Furthermore, there is no evidence that defendants would be prejudiced by the amendment.

The markings on the Big Apple map were sufficient to raise an issue of fact as to whether the City had prior written notice of the particular defect (see Reyes v. City of New York, 63 AD3d at 616).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER

OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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DEPUTY CLERK