My mother's house is in a landmark area in New York City and there was a sidewalk lien which needed to be removed. There were several slabs around the house, a corner property, with a variety of cracks, splits and lifts from tree roots. I got three estimates and eventually hired JB Contracting because, even though they were the most expensive, they were the only company that seemed to fully understand what was required for the job so that the lien could be removed. For this kind of work in a landmark area, NYC requires a NYC permit and a Landmarks Preservation Department permit. The city also requires the cement to be a specific composition and a specific depth depending on if it's simply sidewalk or part of a driveway. The other two companies I got estimates from recommended only replacing the slabs the city had cited as damaged while Joe at JB recommended doing the entire sidewalk and curbs. He also said they would apply for the appropriate permits and once approved, work could begin. Within a couple of weeks, to my surprise, the permits were obtained and JB was ready to begin work. The job took two days and another half day for cleanup, patching and filling in gaps between grass at the curb and the new sidewalk. Before hiring them, I shared my concern with Joe about the potential of vandalism once the concrete was poured, and Joe included in the contract that one of his men would stay on guard until the concrete was set. During the pouring of the cement, there were a couple of seams that went around a tree that needed to be straightened and when I pointed it out, the workmen were quick to fix the problem. They even scheduled the job on a day when alternate side of the street parking would make it easier for them to bring in the dumpster and trucks to get the job started. When the job was done, JB also contacted the city to do a dismissal inspection so the lien could be removed. Even though I was hesitant about replacing the entire sidewalk all around the corner, when the job was done, I was glad I took Joe's original recommendation and replaced it all. Doing just the individual slabs would have been a big mistake and probably more costly in the long run. Was the job expensive? Yes it was, but considering the number of guys they had working on the job over the two and a half days, I believe their price was fair. Finally, the lien was removed, the sidewalk looks beautiful, is a pleasure to walk on and I'm pleased with the job JB did.