Love Child, at it again.
The Bay Ridge Spite Wall battle has raged for over a decade within the New York City Department of Buildings (since November of 2002 to be exact). Despite court victories for the neighboring homeowner, whose house is on the right of this photo, where the spite wall was illegally built upon and deemed immediately hazardous in May of 2011, the spite wall remains standing to this very day.
The spite wall was built illegally, out of zoning, without a proper permit and over the property line from 123 87th Street and onto the property of 127 87th Street. Not only that, but the DOB has finally realized that the original house at 123 87th Street has been illegally modified (in a most gaudy of ways) and is completely out of the permitted zoning by being too close to the street.
So, as it stands now, with over ten years of illegal and unsafe construction going on at the Cunningham residence of 123 87th Street in Brooklyn, NY and 111 complaints, (two of which are still open) 32 violations found (18 of which are still open), the Bay Ridge Spite Wall still stands as a testament to the failure of the local New York City government. The Department of Buildings has proven itself to be an inadequate bureaucracy that is unable to fulfill its intended role.
Mayor Bloomberg, since this issue has been going on for the majority of your time as mayor of New York, might you please able to have someone look into this decade long issue and finally get it resolved? Also, can you have someone revamp the DOB into an agency that can actually help the citizens of New York?
We’ve witnessed several pieces of the Freedom Tower be either hoisted up or slowly dropped down below to the ground again, but it is still thrilling to watch. It is a wonder to see the skill with which the crane operator pulls heavy objects through the tight and windy sky without breaking windows. Anyway, we watched a big dumpster being pulled up to the top of the Trade Center.
The big kind of dumpster that scares drivers on the highway to the point where nobody with half a brain will follow close behind.
Just look at that reflection in the Freedom Tower…
We wondered what the dumpster was being brought up on a Sunday for. Then we looked below and saw what the crews were doing with the dumpsters at street level.
The construction crews needed to put all of the snow that stuck to the roof of the Freedom Tower into something in order to safely remove it so that they could get back to actually building the building. It’s not like they could simply shovel it over the side of the building.
The glass has gone up another seven or so floors and there are now visible vertical slats in the glass. Perhaps needed for the placement of generators or other mechanical equipment.
As you can see in the above photo, the western construction elevator has been fully removed, while below, the eastern construction elevator still stands up to the roof.
If you’d like to see what the Freedom Tower/1WTC looked like in previous months, click here for January 2012, here for February 2012, here for March 2012, here for April 2012, here for May 2012, here for June 2012, here for July 2012, here for August 2012, here for September 2012, here for October 2012 , here for November 2012, here for December 2012, here for January 2013, and click here for an assortment of pics over the past three or so years.