Thursday, January 17, 2008

Landmarked building imperiled by excavation

A landmarked 1872 cast-iron building is looking strangely similar to the Tower of Pisa, leaning precipitously to one side after the demolition and excavation of an adjacent site. Engineers have placed long wooden supports against the wall to keep the building, on 287 Broadway, from tipping over.

The leaning tower of Manhattan

Settlement over time caused the building to lean slightly to the south by approximately four inches, according to city buildings officials. After John Buck Co., a Chicago-based developer, began excavation work on the neighboring property to develop a 20-story residential tower, monitors installed on 287 Broadway recorded further movement of between 3 and 4 inches. In November, residents and businesses were told to vacate the building.

11 comments:

Wallyhorse said...

Very interesting stuff:

Sad to see this happen, and I think the developer who did the excavation should be forced to also do work to keep the existing building in tact OR if it has to be torn down, re-build it to the EXACT same style as the old one no matter what the cost.

Julie said...

This happens all over the damn city. I guess it had to finally happen to a landmarked building in Manhattan in order to get any attention from the media. Sad.

faster340 said...

Lancaster Must Go!!!

Anonymous said...

Queens development come to Manhattan Eiiiooo - it noticed!

The flimsy supports are really going to hold this building up? I am not an engineer, but for Pete's sake even I know it won't hold!

Taxpayer said...

To FASTER340: Now, Lancaster will sic her police on you.

Isn't this developer just exercising Eminent Domain on a property he wants?

And, Bloomberg condones - or encourages - this by ordering Lancaster to do nothing - which fits her instincts anyway.

faster340 said...

"Isn't this developer just exercising Eminent Domain on a property he wants?"

More like eminent disaster when they pull those toothpicks off the building and it falls down and kills some poor shlep of a worker!

So now what happens to the people who have that diner in there and their lively hood disrupted and possibly destroyed as a result? They have to wait 90 days for a hearing? The contractor didn't wait 90 days to destroy their building...

This is what gets me SO SO ANGRY!

They give all the leeway to the contractors and big business and forget about mom and pop running their diner or something.

Anonymous said...

H-m-m-m.....
"London Bridge is falling down.....falling down....
my fair lady (DOB's LadyLancaster)" !

howridiculous said...

Laugh at Lancaster all you want. She is right across the street at 280 Broadway.

Yes. The Manhattan DOB is right across the street.

verdi said...

No shit.....
that's right across the street
from where she doesn't do her job?

I hope that building falls on her!

Maybe she'll wake up then!

faster340 said...

Are you kidding? DOB across the street and they didn't see this happening? OMG!

faster340 said...

This shows how incompetent they are! I can't believe not one person in DOB saw this coming! The current DOB employees should be ridiculed right out of this city!