Saturday, June 23, 2007
Illegal conversion killed fireman
Another death due to an illegal conversion:
The former sewing factory at 83 Meserole Street in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is like hundreds of other buildings in the industrial precincts of Brooklyn — a hulking, century-old brick box lined with big windows, its insides turned into lofts inhabited by designers, musicians and other practitioners of the hipster professions. That the apartment conversions are illegal is usually of little consequence to anyone, including the authorities.
Illegal Lofts Get New Scrutiny After a Firefighter’s Death
Daniel Pujdak fell 60 feet from the roof of an East Williamsburg building while responding to a blaze in a fourth-floor loft that should not have been inhabited because it did not have two exits, according to the Department of Buildings.
Hero died trying to save an illegal apartment
Three people lived in the apartment illegally, including artist Karen Van Wart who sparked the small fire by carelessly placing a burning cigarette on a wooden window sill, officials said.
DRIVEN TO GO UP THE LADDER
One inspector said the building had dozens of new and outstanding violations, including uncovered electrical boxes and at least one defective fire escape, but nothing related to the fire. Although building owner Nachman Brach had filed paperwork with the city in 2000 to convert the building, its certificate of occupancy still listed it as a factory.
So the DOB knew for years that the place was converted illegally, but did absolutely nothing about it.
More blood on the hands of our mayor, city council and department of buildings. Now they're not just killing illegal immigrants...
Photo from NY Daily News