Real estate kerfuffles
Despite the rainy, windy weather that is set to hit New York tomorrow and a last-minute lawsuit filed to stop Extell from evacuating two co-op buildings adjacent to One57, plans to repair the crane broken during Hurricane Sandy are still moving forward Saturday morning.
Which means that the unfortunate residents of Alwyn Court, the landmarked building at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 58th Street, will either vacate the building voluntarily in the next few hours or face forcible eviction. The crane repair involves swinging a boom over Alwyn and two other buildings before hoisting it up the side of the unfinished tower.
It’s true of communities across the city, so why not West 57th Street? From the Rockaways to Staten Island, people have returned to their homes and businesses but found them without power, and the same seems to be going for the one-block stretch of the city that was shut down after the crane boom of One57 snapped back.
Yesterday, the city secured the crane boom to the side of the building, a day ahead of scheduled, and reopened the street. But that does not mean life is yet back to normal. According to a number of people on the street, they remain without electricity or heat—even though Con Ed claims otherwise. “They said we couldn’t expect anything before noon,” Daniel Van Doren, whose family owns 130 West 57th Street, told The Observer in a phone interview from his MetroNorth train headed to the city.
“Just like the rest of this debacle, Con Ed is not giving much detail,” Mr. Van Doren added.
Well, the recovery continues faster than expected in New York. We’ve got subways almost miraculously coming back to life after flooding throughout the system, and now the securing of the crane boom dangling over West 57th Street has been completed a day ahead of schedule, wrapping up tonight rather than Monday night as the mayor had previously predicted.
It will still be weeks before the crane—whose boom was almost torn asunder during last week’s hurricane—can be removed and construction can resume on the billionaire-beloved One57 tower. Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri’s full statement on the operation is below.
Monday saw the first construction fatality of the year, when a cinder block wall on a work site in Queens collapsed on top of three construction workers, killing one of them. As The Times details today, Hedilberto Sánchez was one of four brothers from Mexico who work construction–all, it so happens, on the Read More
It was the artists who made modern-day Soho, and it looks like the artists will be the ones to unmake it as well.
The city has begun enforcing a little-known law, at least to those living beyond Soho’s tony cobblestoned confines, that requires these now-multimillion dollar homes to be occupied by actual working artists. You Read More
Living in a Cave
Yesterday, the Bloomberg administration announced that a special sting operation–involving Craigslist and hidden cameras–had turned up a slew of illegal apartments in the city. The hope is this new investigative tool might keep landlords from being so damned shady.
But, just in case, the Department of Buildings released a set of 10 Read More
Wait. That’s just construction netting from one of the eight finalists in the UrbanCanvas design competition. The idea is to dress up the unsightly construction netting the Department of Buildings requires of all construction and renovation sites. The netting is a necessary evil, ugly but lifesaving, but the DOB, along with the Department Read More
Mayor Bloomberg announced this morning that Robert D. LiMandri will be the new Department of Buildings commissioner, according to City Room.
LiMandri became the acting commissioner after former DOB honcho Patricia Lancaster resigned her post in late April. Lancaster stepped down amidst a storm of criticism about the DOB’s day-to-day functions following Read More