Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Amtrak tunnel takes developer by surprise

From Crains:

A Manhattan-based developer has reconfigured its planned 1,197-unit Hunters Point South apartment complex after learning an Amtrak tunnel and power lines ran under the city-owned project site, Crain's has learned. As part of the new design, developer TF Cornerstone will include a 600-seat school for the rapidly growing neighborhood on the Queens waterfront.

In 2013, the Bloomberg administration selected the developer and nonprofit partner Selfhelp to build an ODA Architects-designed residential project, including 700 affordable apartments, on part of the Queens peninsula dubbed Hunters Point South.

Nearly two and a half years later, though, blueprints have yet to be finalized. Amtrak and the New York Power Authority have been negotiating with TF Cornerstone since March 2015 to ensure construction doesn't damage the rail tunnel or the power lines.

It is not clear why the underground infrastructure took the developers by surprise, given that plans for the peninsula released in 2008 indicated whoever controlled the site would have to build around multiple easements.

DOT caught speeding more than 500 times

From WPIX:

The wheels of government move fast.

Since the start of Vision Zero in 2014, city owned vehicles have racked up 11,367 summonses.

More than 500 of them were handed out to the city Department of Transportation, which implemented much of Vision Zero, an initiative to stem the spike in pedestrian deaths, according to a PIX11 analysis of citation records.

Druggie playground to be locked at night

From DNA Info:

The city has begun locking up a local playground overnight after complaints from parents who say they've discovered used condoms, human feces and drug paraphernalia in the play space, officials said Monday.

Sean's Place, located on 38th Street between Broadway and 31st Avenue, is supposed to close at 9 p.m. but has been a "consistent nighttime hangout" according to City Councilman Costa Constantinides.

"Parents [are] coming here in the morning and finding things you shouldn't find in a children's playground," the lawmaker said. "Not every park gets locked, but we knew that this park had to be."

Since Wednesday, members of the city's Parks Enforcement Patrol started locking Sean's Place at night, a Parks Department spokeswoman said.

Imagine locking a playground at night when kids don't use it. What a novel concept!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monster house blighting neighborhood

MONSTER HOUSE at 233 street and 130th Ave on the border of Laurelton and Rosedale, has haunted this Queens neighborhood since 2008.
Now this MONSTER HOUSE has given birth to a GARBAGE DUMP and a JUNK YARD.
The Queens Borough Commissioner has refused to do anything outside of the stop work order placed on the MONSTER HOUSE in 2009.
This blight has plagued this neighborhood for over EIGHT (8) YEARS.

Developers target Elmhurst's 56th Avenue

Remember the QUEENS CRAP story on the suspicious fire at the Elmhurst historic house at 90-11 56th Ave back in October, 2015? It was only purchased recently. A few months later, there was a suspicious fire. The Elmhurst community is currently trying to landmark it and is petitioning Queens Borough President Melinda Katz to assist.

This property as well as the 2 adjacent houses were purchased by LLC developers. It’s funny that one of these other houses also caught on fire too. Now the 3 properties have been filed with the NYC Department of Buildings to split them into 5 lots!

Here’s what the original 3 homes looked like:
Here’s what they look like today after the fires and the start of demolition of one of the house.

Holy cow, what a coincidence! And after Melinda Katz put in all that preservation work! (end sarcasm)

Contractor uses forklift to move car

From the NY Post:

Here’s the shocking moment a construction crew hoisted a Williamsburg family’s SUV off the street to make room for work on a luxury building site.

Contractors for Two Trees Management used a forklift to uproot the 2004 Infiniti while working on the $2 billion redevelopment of the former Domino Sugar Refinery.

The family, which has lived one block east of the historic Domino site for more than 30 years, found the SUV deposited on the curb Friday afternoon.

Henry’s father, Thomas Nahrwold, 61, had legally parked it in front of 27 South Third Street that morning.

A local auto repairman estimated it would cost at least $2,600 to fix the damages, which included a disfigured bumper, smashed undercarriage and impaired steering alignment.

The family learned who was responsible only because a neighbor recorded the act on a cellphone.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cuomo aide under investigation

From the Daily News:

Joseph Percoco, a former top aide to Gov. Cuomo now under federal investigation, might have pocketed as much as six figures from entities with business before the state, the Daily News has learned.

"It was a significant amount of money," said one source familiar with the situation. "It was not the $4 million (disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver) took, but it is at least tens of thousands and could be upwards of $100,000, if not more."

The payments officials know about occurred while Percoco was on leave from the state in 2014 to serve as Cuomo's campaign manager, the source said.

But those close to the situation aren't ruling out the possibility there might have been more outside payments once he went back to work as Cuomo's $169,000-a-year executive deputy secretary.

"You just don't know," the source said.

Elderly lady ticketed for non-hazardous sidewalk

From CBS 2:

An elderly homeowner in the Bronx has been ordered to fix her sidewalks due in part to a tripping hazard.

But as CBS2’s Raegan Medgie reported, the woman is confused – and wants to know why she is the one responsible.

Rosa DeBartolo has lived in her Throggs Neck home for 43 years. In March, she received a violation notice from the Department of Transportation reading, “The sidewalk has the following defects: broken, trip hazard, patchwork.”

DeBartolo called 311 for a second opinion, when another DOT inspector issued her even more violations.

According to the city DOT, property owners are responsible for fixing sidewalks next to their properties. Blue chalk marks were placed on DeBartolo’s sidewalk show where repairs are needed.

But the question DeBartolo had was, where’s the damage?

Slashing incidents on the rise

From NBC 4:

Slashings and stabbings are up more than 20 percent in 2016, according to NYPD figures.

There had been 1,325 slashings and stabbings in 2016 through Sunday, compared with 1,088 over the same period in 2015. That represents a 21.78-percent increase in the category of the violent crime, which has been the focus of intense scrutiny by both the media and NYPD brass.

Subway crime, likewise, is up this year. There were 719 crimes on the city's subway system through Sunday, according to the NYPD. That's up more than 6 percent from 2015, which saw 674 crimes on the mass transit system over the same period.