Monday, January 14, 2008

Sad situation in Soho

From NY - The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation weighs in with their tasteful take on the situation:

--First and foremost, our thoughts are with the victims of this tragedy and their families and loved ones. But this is a tragedy that never should have happened. This building was illegal and never should have been approved by the City. But the City bent over backwards to push it through, and then the developers worked at lightning speed to get the building up while the legal challenge has been making its way through the system. This building was already a monument to greed and hubris; now, sadly, it will be a monument to tragedy as well.--

Breaking: Building Collapse at Trump Soho

Update 1/15: NYC Trump building site where worker died hit with violations


westernqueensland said...

see the cameraphone coverage on Amazing.

kingofnycabbies said...

A city official speaking the truth?

From the "Gothamist" coverage:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer sent the Observer this statement:

The accident at the new hotel at 246 Spring Street is another example of the dangerous conditions created by rushed construction in Manhattan. My office did an initial investigation of violations at the site and discovered that there were two Class A violations issued on October 26, 2007. These violations are considered high risk. However, the construction was allowed to continue unchecked and the Environmental Control Board hearing to review the violations was not scheduled until January 24, 2008.

This is unacceptable. The death and injury of construction workers and the compromised safety of emergency responders and surrounding community should not be considered the cost of doing business in Manhattan. Any type of high risk violation should necessitate a halt of unsafe work until the violation is cured. I will continue to investigate this matter and look to see rapid response from all relevant city agencies. I applaud the fire, police and other emergency responders for their bravery and for putting themselves at risk to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.

Wallyhorse said...

It's sad this happened at all, and I did see a lot of the cameraphone coverage.

I do know this likely hits home for those who were in the fifth season of "The Apprentice" because this is the site that season's winner, Sean Yazbeck chose when Mr. Trump chose him a year and a half ago.

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