Mess at 132 Montague

Earlier today we received an anonymous tip from a reader: “Will someone please take a look at the mess in front of 132 Montague St. and report on it? It’s an absolute health emergency.” Your correspondent grabbed his camera and hoofed it two blocks eastward, until he came to the ground floor space formerly occupied by a laundry that suffered a fire on February 1, and is now a vacant storefront with a “for rent” sign:

BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

There was some trash strewn in the area below the stairs, and a sign hung from the fence at sidewalk level:
BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

Another photo and more text after the jump.
BHB photo by C. Scales

BHB photo by C. Scales

On and near the bottom of the stairs is what appeared to be the remains of a blanket.

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  • MadeInBrooklyn

    “Health emergency” ? Come on now…

  • Mickey

    Eyesore, yes, but not really a health emergency. The landlord should be fined for not maintaining the property.

  • XYZ

    Not sure what the health emergency is, but the streets and sidewalks are dirtier.

  • Claude Scales

    While I hate to steal a slogan from my least favorite TV news network, “We report; you decide.”

  • David

    The only “health emergency” on Montague that’s worth mentioning is what’s going on inside Amin. My stomach and 8 ft of toilet paper roll can both attest.

    Now that’s what I would call a true “mess”.

  • Adam G

    It’s a crying shame that the landlord took the opportunity of the fire to give the laundromat a boot. Dear owner of that building: Is an eyesore empty storefront yielding /no/ revenue /really/ better than the possibility of having to lower your asking price for the next ten years?

  • nabeguy

    Short answer Adam, yes. Until some pol with bollocks steps up and suggests a cap on loss-of-income tax write-offs for commercial landlords who choose to keep their properties empty for as long as they want, the incentive to wait out the market will always be there.

  • Wally

    Considering that the sign on the fence indicates the property is posted for rat poison–and I guess that means rats were seen to be there–perhaps the owner should be a wee bit more active in cleaning up the area. If you don’t think rats are a health problem, then that’s too bad.

  • josh

    if this is your idea of a health emergency, may i suggest you spend a week in calcutta, you effete clown?

  • Mickey

    Wally: we’ve seen a sign, nothing more … no rats, no rat poison. For all we know, that’s just the landlord’s creative way of making dog owners keep their pets away from the property.