Tuesday, March 31, 2015
City serves stop work order on Icon Realty-owned building for installing gas pipe without permit across from deadly 2nd Avenue blast zone
Yesterday afternoon, the city inspected the Icon Realty-owned 128 Second Ave. across the street from the three buildings that were leveled in a gas explosion last Thursday that killed two people and left more than 20 others injured.
According to the violation notice, a city inspector observed a worker in the cellar installing a new gas pipe and new gas elbows and valve without a permit.
The city immediately served a full stop work order.
Per the sign on the door, the remedy is either obtaining a permit or restoring to "prior legal condition."
128 Second Ave. is also home to the Stage. The diner was closed yesterday. A reader spotted Stage owner Roman Diakun, who said they didn't have gas service. It's unclear when the Stage will be able to open again for business.
Last Wedensday, the tenants association at 128 Second Ave. filed an HP Action for Repairs and Services against Icon Realty in NYC Housing Court. Among other issues, the remaining residents claim that there is inconsistent heat, broken fire escapes and a lack of fire alarms in the building.
Icon bought the building in the fall of 2013.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Happy holidays from 128 Second Ave.
128 Second Ave. has been sold
'Demolitions and renovations' starting today at 128 Second Avenue