The gaping, five-foot fissure in Joan Reuben’s Flushing backyard looks like something dug by a crew setting a scene for an earthquake movie.
Her retaining wall has cracked and collapsed and the city has deemed her garage unsafe.
Alleged Illegal Construction Decried By Flushing Woman
But instead of having a Hollywood director to blame, Reuben is pointing her finger at her neighbors, who she accuses of undertaking illegal work on their house, and the Department of Buildings for not enforcing its own laws.
“With the cover of the mayor’s pro-development stance, New York City is the Wild West for construction,” said Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at Reuben’s home at 33-34 166th St. last week. “Anything goes, and no one enforces the law.”
Work at site imperils lot next door
Photo from Queens Chronicle