Lawsuit Claims Midtown's Giant Red Nine Injured Toddler

By Mathew Katz on September 5, 2011 12:38pm 

The Lo family claims that this giant number nine statue injured  three-year-old Kyle.
The Lo family claims that this giant number nine statue injured three-year-old Kyle.
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MIDTOWN — A giant red number nine may be one of Midtown's most unique address markers, but one family says that the sculpture is also dangerous.

Kyle Lo was walking with his mother, Lynn, along West 57th Street in 2009 when he brushed againstthe sculpture's edges which were so sharp they slit a gash in his head, the New York Post reports.

The family has now filed a lawsuit against the owners of the sculpture, which sits outside 9 W. 57th St.

Lynn Lo, who was visiting the city from San Francisco, said that doctors had to use special dermatological glue to help heal then-three-year-old Kyle's cut.

Lo also told the Post that the building's guards immediately scolded her for letting her son play around the statue. The family's lawyer, Joel Turney, said that the apple-red number nine is inviting to kids, who might treat it more like a playground than a work of art.

The giant steel nine has been in Midtown since 1972 and was designed by Ivan Chermayeff. The two-ton sculpture is one of the most photographed in the city, and has appeared in the background of many iconic New York films.

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