Its truly ugly edifice is worthy of a fantasy thrashing. But the building at 119-60 Metro- politan Avenue in Kew Gardens racked up some very real fines for the following infractions:
QUESTIONABLE CONSTRUCTION. UPON INSPECTION OF THE ABOVE ADDRESS APPROVED PLANS AND CONSTRUCTION WORK NOTED MEAL -C-JOIST ON 1ST FL. TO BE 24" ON CENTER. CELLAR PLAN HAS 1ST FL JOIST AND IS CONTINUOUS THROUGHOUT.
WORK DOES NOT CONFORM TO APPROVED PLANS.NOW CONFORMING WORK NOTED;PLANS CALL FOR AN UN EXCAVATED AREA.UPON INSPECTION THE UNEXCAVATED AREA IS NOW A CRAWL SPACE.REMEDY;AMEND APPROVED PLANS OR CONFORM TO APPROVE
FAILURE TO SAFEGUARD AND PUBLIC AND PROPERTY AFFECTED BY CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS.UPON INSPECTION AT ABOVE PROPERTY BUILDING WAS ERECTED,CONSTRUCTION SITE OPEN TO PUBLIC AND NO SAFETY NET ERECTED
NO GUARD RAILS.UPON THE INSPECTION AT THE ABOVE PROPERTY BUILDING WAS ERECTED TO 4 FL AND NO GUARD RAILS TO PROTECT FROM FALLING INTO DEEP OPENING.REM:PROVIDE GUARD RAILS AS PER CODE.
FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR SIDEWALK AND WALK WAYS DURING CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS UNSAFE PRACTICE NOTED STORAGE OF CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ON SIDE WALK IN AN UNSAFE MANNER. MATERIALS ON SIDE WALK.
WORK WITHOUT A PERMIT. WORK NOTED IN ACCORDING TO VIOLATION NUMBER 02-23-00 C09BA02 CONTRACTOR SHOULD BUILD 8' FENCE AT WEST SIDE, REPLACE PART OF FENCE IN DANGER OF COLLAPSING AND REOPEN GATE. PERMIT 400945439 A
FAILURE TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR SIDEWALKS AND WALKWAYS DURING CONSTRUCTION OPERATIONS.MISSING 8"FENCE AT THE WEST SIDE GATE OPENING OUTSIDE MAKING OBSERVATION FOR PEDESTRIANS.
FAILURE TO PROVIDE APPROVED PLANS AT PREMISES AT TIME OF INSPECTION. PERMIT#400945439NB.REMEDY:PROVIDE APPROVED PLANS.
JOB SITE FENCE DEFECTIVE. DEFECT FENCE IS MISSING A 4' SECTION AND A16 SECTION AT REAR OF CONSTRUCTION SITE. REPAIR AND OR REPLACE FENCE.
Despite all this, construction was permitted to continue for more than 3 years. It's quite lucrative to own a property situated on a corner and include a "community facility" on the ground floor. There were 2 small homes here previously - one 1- and one 2-family house. Now, there are 12 units plus the offices.
Old photo from A Picture History of Kew Gardens. (Visit the link for an excellent history of the site, including Lefty Gomez!!)