A belated 5th birthday to the sidewalk shed outside 32 St. Mark's Place. And thanks to @Ewingweb for the reminder and photo above... Saturday was the anniversary...
According to the DOB, the city issued the permit for the sidewalk shed in February 2008.
As far as anyone can recall, no work had ever been done on the buildings at
But the DOB did approve the following work back in October:
PROPOSED ALT 2 FOR RESTORATION OF FACADE EXTERIOR AND MINOR INTERIOR RENOVATION TO SPACKLE & PAINT CORRIDORS, NO CHANGE IN USE OR EGRESS
Still, five years for an abandoned sidewalk bridge is nothing, as a report in the Post noted yesterday. The Milford Plaza Hotel on Eighth Avenue has reportedly had a sidewalk shed dating to 1990.
Per the Post:
The number of the ugly overhead structures has steadily climbed each year since 2009 — to 8,514 last year — as the city’s new rules for façade inspections kicked in.
Under the law, owners of buildings higher than six stories must hire engineers to inspect for cracks, loose bricks and other deficiencies every five years. In 2010, the Buildings Department began staggering inspection deadlines to ensure 12,000 buildings weren’t filing reports all at once and scrambling for contractors the same day.
Previously on EV Grieve:
St. Mark's sidewalk shed celebrates fourth anniversary
Somewhat related: One of my best memories as a kid was the Milford Plaza commercial set to the tune of Lullaby of Broadway. This would've been a year or two befoe the sidewalk shed went up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwlvkUMsDgI
Yeah, in which they had that big old glorious Checker cab parked in front of the hotel pointing downtown - instead of 8th Avenue's true uptown trajectory. I LOVED that commercial - thanks, Anon. 9:35!
The sidewalk shed on the Police Athletic League building on east 12th street has been up for at least a decade. I have no idea why they do not sell that building, and make better use of the $40MM or so that it bring in.
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