Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ford Mustang

















By Acoiris Auto Collision, 50th & Second Ave.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

Names We Enjoy




















Out of the frame, parked behind Exclusive Building Corp. -  the Avalanche Construction truck!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

540 Fifth: The Complaints Keep Rolling In

Back in early June, I took a look at the construction site at 540 Fifth Avenue.  Rather than adding to an existing one storey building, as per approved plans, workers had demolished the existing structure.  At that point in time, there were two complaints about this illegal work up on the DOB site.  The first (Class B) complaint, made on May 20th, was active, but the second, similar complaint (June 2nd) was "resolved" as being a "duplicate" of the first.  An odd conclusion, I thought.  Since then, the first complaint has remained active, but there have been four more complaints:

June 30th: 3484185 = RESOLVED
CONSTRUCTION DOES NOT HAVE A PERMIT TO BUILD WHAT WAS INTENDED TO BE BUILT. 
SITE SHOWS SIGNS OF IT BEING UNSAFE. KEROSINE WAS SPILLED ALL OVER THE SITE AND THE 
FUMES CAME UP TO OUR BUILDING.  (PRIORITY B)
  
Disposition:  07/01/2014 - XX - ADMINISTRATIVE CLOSURE
Comments:  DUPLICATE SIMILAR COMPL 3479526 PENDING INSPECTION


July 22nd: 3486826 = RESOLVED
THEY ARE CONSTRUCTING A BUILDING WITHOUT A PERMIT.  THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL COMPLAINTS
FILED ABOUT THIS MATTER.  THEY ARE STILL DOING CONSTRUCTION ON THE PREMISES.  (PRIORITY  B)

Disposition:  07/23/2014 - I1 - COMPLAINT UNSUBSTANTIATED BASED ON DEPARTMENT RECORDS
Comments:   PERMIT 320868094-01-AL *

2ND - 4TH FLOOR VERTICAL ENLARGEMENT ON AN EXISTING ONE STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING

July 22nd: 3486863 = RESOLVED
CONSTRUCTION BEING DONE WITHOUT HAVING A PERMIT  (PRIORITY B)

Disposition:  07/23/2014 - H1 - PLEASE SEE COMPLAINT NUMBER 3486826
COMMENTS: DUPLICATE

JULY 23rd:  3486988 = ACTIVE
SITE ENDANGERING WORKERS. STRUCTURE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSING: NO PROPER SUPPORT (PRIORITY A)

Maybe yesterday's complaint will stir the DOB to action.  A little careful reading of the permits in place
might have speeded up inspection of this shoddy mess.  If that's what's caused the lack of attention from inspectors. A poor job all round.



















7/24


Update - 7/28

The most recent - Priority A complaint - has been resolved:

Disposition: 07/27/2014 - I 2 - NO VIOLATION WARRANTED FOR COMPLAINT AT TIME OF INSPECTION
Comments: NO WORK AT TIME OF INSPECTION

With no work at the time of the visit, one wonders if the inspection was nothing more involved than the squinting through the fence that produced the photograph above, ha, ha.  And of course, the work completed thus far is without permit.  This one seems destined to slide quietly along.







Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Links

Hot, Hot Hot: Dire Conditions in the Sunset Park Library (Sunset-Park.com)

Before it's Gone, Take it Back - putting a face to communities affected by gentrification (Daily News)

J.Crew hits Williamsburg:
Williamsburg’s transformation from hipster haven to upscale shopping and dining destination has been in the works for so long that it’s almost surprising that J.Crew is only arriving now. “We’ve been looking at Williamsburg and Brooklyn as a whole for quite some time,” Lyons (J. Crew's Creative Director) says. “There’s a lot going on in terms of specialty. The food industry is actually incredibly rich over there. There’s a lot of people making beautiful pottery. Half the office lives in Williamsburg.” (NY Times Magazine blog)


Looking West


















Liberty, on the horizon


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Real Estate Tuesday






















The awning in its later, greener days (top) and in brighter times (2009, bottom)


South Slope's Fifth Avenue continues to transform.  Pop's Bazaar, at 19th, closed years ago, but the awning stayed, gathering moss, or mould or something else green .  652 Fifth was sold last summer for $750,000, and will be expanded up to a third floor.


















The Call Ahead vet's office, next door at 654, is on my agenda for a visit, now we have a ragged Southern terrier/hound hanging around the home.  In my search online for local vets, this place scores for the best prices, and charismatic ex-boxer Dr. Novick, who's practiced here for over twenty years, gets positive reviews.

Here's a corner building at Fifth & 20th all popped up.  In the background you can see the old furniture warehouse currently getting a conversion treatment.


















Work at the former White Eagle Tavern (23rd)  however,  is torpid, to say the least.  The building, like Pop's, sold last summer.  The price?  $1,650,000.  I imagine both 654 and 724 would sell for far higher sums today.



















Finally, we must turn to that  "Coming Soon!" banner (wink! wink!) at 18th, which has been amusing passers-by for many a month.  A fire in gutted the building in 2012, and took out an Associated Supermarket.




















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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014