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  • Edo Express

    Just sifted through the list of the 1400 unresolved building facade safety issues published in the NYT article.

    https://tinyurl.com/sysoqkf

    I aways thought those sheds were only put up during renovations. Apparently they have become permanent band aids for building not willing to address the violations. It never ceases to amaze me how greed can corrupt logic.

    Here is the list of buildings in Brooklyn Heights with open violations:

    140 CADMAN PLAZA WEST
    101 CLARK STREET
    50 COURT STREET
    26 COURT STREET
    2 GRACE COURT
    89 HICKS STREET
    184 JORALEMON STREET
    45 PINEAPPLE STREET
    55 PINEAPPLE STREET
    63 SCHERMERHORN STREET

  • Steve

    Because they have always done shoddy jobs on their building – facade, rooftop, etc. And debris have often been falling from their terraces and the roof landing on the sidewalk or the scaffold sheds.

  • gc

    Someone famous dining at One Hotel?
    The parking lot next to Osprey is blocked by 2 police vans and there are 4 or 5 big black SUVs waiting.

  • Steve

    You can put 111 HICKS STREET at the top of your list. they have:

    3 unresolved – OATH/ECB Violations (An Environmental Control Board (OATH) violation is issued by the Department of Buildings when a property does not comply with a part of the New York City Construction Codes and or Zoning Resolution.)

    19 unresolved DOB Violations

    and 1 unresolved Complain

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/PropertyProfileOverviewServlet?boro=3&houseno=111&street=hicks+street&go2=+GO+&requestid=

  • Steve

    Dining? maybe breakfasting….or perhaps some kind of a sting operation….

  • Steve

    Here are just a few examples of violations cited on nyc.gov for 111 HICKS STREET:

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/OverviewForComplaintServlet?requestid=2&vlcompdetlkey=0002115473

    – A PIECE OF REBAR FELL FRM THE 30 FLR AND HIT A WINDOW ON THE 24 FLR

    – UNSAFE PIPE SCAFFOLD AND IT IS LOOSE. ONE OF THE PIPES HIT MY DAUGHTER. THE PERMIT EXPIRED IN 2015 AND ITS STILLSTANDING.

    – SITE SUPER STATES THAT GLASS BROKE ON THE 27TH FLOOR & FELLONTO SIDEWALK

    – BOROUGH COMMISSIONER HAS ORDERED ALL WORK STOPPED UNDERPERMIT# 320001449 ON 7/3/18. APPLICANT WITHDRAWAL

    – SDW SCAFFOLDING METAL WORK IS ELECTRICIFIED-YELLOW TAPE IS SURROUNDING IT BUT IT IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO PROTECT PEDS & VEHICLES

    – CON EDISON REPORTS STRAY VOLTAGE TO 300 FT SCAFFOLDING

  • Steve

    Here is the page for 111 Hicks Street violations for you to peruse:

    http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/ComplaintsByAddressServlet?requestid=0&allbin=3001726

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Would it be possible for you to take a recording and post it online and link to it here? My curiosity is beyond piqued.

    If you’re not sure how to technically do this, but you have a smartphone and a Google account, I will provide instructions.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    I learned recently that traditionally, “dinner” refers to the largest meal of the day, regardless of when it is eaten. (Supper is the evening meal.) I’m not sure, and I’m not going to research it right now, but it might follow that “dining” only refers to eating ones dinner.

  • CassieVonMontague

    89 Hicks is owned by Kushner Co. and recently had to pay a $100K settlement to tenants in the building for illegally raising their rent.

    https://brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/12/06/kushner-firm-pays-brooklyn-heights-tenants-100000-in-back-rent-overcharges/

  • Steve

    Took a page from his father/grandfather in law. They did exactly the same thing but got away with total impunity – scumbags

  • Steve

    Guess it is a matter of semantics…

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    100%.

  • Andrew Porter

    Sometimes you can hear fog horns sounding across the river.

    I believe the Staten Island Ferry sounds its horn or whistle at the start of each trip.

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    How to make a million dollars doing this: start with ten million…

  • Andrew Porter

    I posted this list to various people in BH. 45-55 Pineapple, 89 Hicks, and 101 Clark Street all have sidewalk sheds and work is being done. Don’t know about the other addresses. The Pineapple Street buildings had their sheds put up a month ago.

  • Andrew Porter

    You posted the same link three times. I think we get it.

  • AEB

    Thanks, Studio. I HAVE recorded it on my phone–let me consider posting it. One problem is that the sound occurs at about one-minute intervals, which would mean listeners here would have to have patience. Or perhaps a single iteration of it can be repeated. Hmmm. Is there a way to contact you other than here?

  • Andrew Porter

    Glad to see that nothing has changed here…

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    If you click on my handle you should get a link to my professional artist website, which has contact information on it. Let me know if that doesn’t work.

    In the meantime I’ll advise that if you have a recording of the sound you should be able to edit it using any rudimentary software on your phone so that it’s just a clip of the sound itself and not the intermittent silence.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    It’s not necessarily because of greed. The sidewalk sheds are indeed a bandaid till permanent repairs can be made, However those repairs can take many years to complete. There are lengthly complex factors involved, engineering, bidding inspections, doing the actually work and the biggest issue, financing. This kind of work can easily run into millions of dollars, not all building owners are immediately able to shell out that kind of dough.

  • BrooklynHeightzer

    Suppose it is a good idea to cross to the other side of the street when walking down Hicks btwn Clark & Pineapple.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Except light rail systems have the right of way. As a train approaches an intersection the light turns red for the motor vehicles, the train continues unimpeded. Thus the travel time is considerably shorter than would be serviceable by buses.

    Funny how most people here are howling for reduced traffic on the BQE, saying drivers need to suck it up find other modes of transportation. yet here is a viable alternative and you scream NIMBY. The hypocrisy is astounding.

  • AEB

    Thanks, Studio. Will be in touch.

  • Knight

    You really seem to have something against that co-op. Did they reject your application or something?!

  • Steve

    Buying there is the last thing I would do. Are you a shareholder? If you are then you should know why!