Video showing the shocking condition of New York City sidewalks goes viral

New York City's dilapidated sidewalks have been exposed in a viral TikTok.

Social media personality Casey Neistat shared a clip of himself pressing his foot on a piece of cracked city pavement.

Within seconds, the concrete gives way, exposing a gaping hole and rusted underground pipes.

“You have to be careful on the sidewalks of New York City,” read a caption on TikTok, which racked up more than 20 million views in 24 hours.

Mr. Neistat, 42, illustrates the depth of the danger by sticking his arm into the hole.

His clip struck a chord with New Yorkers and received more than 26,000 comments, with reactions to the city's skyrocketing rent prices ranging from shock to grim humor.

“Don’t let the landlords in New York see this. They will advertise a 1 bed studio with a skylight for $3,000 per month,” one commenter wrote.

Others said he could have fallen in and sued the city for damages.

The clip appears to have been filmed on Broadway in Tribeca, one of Manhattan's chicest neighborhoods.

The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for ensuring the safety of the city's 12 million miles of sidewalks. It relies on property owners to maintain the sidewalks adjacent to their property, make repairs, and clear snow and ice.

The department confirmed this the New York Post that the viral TikTok was real and said it had issued a violation notice to the property owner responsible for maintenance.

V-logger Casey Neistat's TikTok showing a crumbling sidewalk in New York City has racked up 20 million views

(TikTok/Casey Neistat)

The area around the hole was barricaded to protect pedestrians, it said.

The Independent has contacted the DOT for more information.

Mr. Neistat has more than 15 million followers on TikTok, YouTube, X and Instagram, where his videos capturing daily life in New York City often attract millions of views.

Over the course of his groundbreaking 20-year career, Mr. Niestat has made viral videos showing when to pull the emergency brake cord on the New York City subway, filmed himself snowboarding on snow-covered streets, and criticized the NYPD for doing so Issued tickets to cyclists who were not cycling in lanes.