Friday, May 30, 2008

3 big "oops" from City Hall

From Curbed, who got around to looking up the violations on the crane collapse site before I did:

May 29: Stop Work Order fully rescinded.
May 20: A complaint that a crane platform extends over the sidewalk. No problems found.
May 17: Complaint of debris falling on the sidewalk. Inspection four days later finds no problem.
May 16: Stop Work Order on a standpipe is rescinded.
May 13: Complaint that debris was falling on the sidewalk.
May 7: Stop Work Order on part of the site for failing to protect adjacent property.April 23: Stop Work Order Issued on crane for "low boom limit switch & a ceal is leaking."
April 22: An entry that crane "did not pass test load," followed by a notation on April 23 that it did.
December 13, 2007: Complaint about an open gate leading to a 20 drop from the sidewalk. Inspection the next day found the fence was down for surveying.

Also from Curbed:

Hey, remember when the Buildings Department announced that it was easing the safeguards put in place following the deadly crane collapse 10 weeks ago in Turtle Bay? You probably do, because it was only two days ago. Oopsie.

From the Daily News:

City OKed condo construction at collapse site to get free school built

Last year, the city leased the rights of the land to the DeMatteis Organizations and the Mattone Group for $111.9 million.

Under the agreement, the developers were allowed to build a 32-story residential tower in exchange for assuming the $45 million cost of building the new East Side Middle School.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How typical.

Taxpayer said...

"May 17: Complaint of debris falling on the sidewalk. Inspection four days later finds no problem."

Four days later?

What delayed the bribery payoff?

The Commissar wasn't getting the lion's share of the payoff?

Anonymous said...

When will it stop? Barely three hours after the collapse I could hear the doubletalk. The DOB is out of control. How many high profile deaths will it take before that agency is taken control of. A couple of Mexicans in a foundation in Brooklyn could be ignored by the city elite, but upper east side residents, surely not. And the deaths are the tip of the iceberg. The DOB has sold out the safety of the citizens of NYC in countless ways over the years, this is just the most obvious.

Anonymous said...

"The DOB has sold out the safety of the citizens of NYC in countless ways over the years, this is just the most obvious."

What about the mayor? Don't you think he's behind it?

Anonymous said...

The Dept of Building is under control of the unions.
Unions dont ant the men to sign site safety meeting or tool box talks that they have every morning.
Its the unions that dont care. They dont care about their own employees. You got hurt... there is a lawyer down at the hall waiting to take your case. " It doenst matter if you lost a leg or an eye, the lawyer will sue and you'll get money..

Taxpayer said...

Here's some context:

The Commissar says he's opposed to the war in Iraq. Sacrificing trained soldiers is an evil thing to do.

But, here at home in the Soviet, sacrificing New Yorkers for the sake of profitable development is entirely acceptable - even necessary - even required.

Killing workers and residents so that the wealthy supporters are never inconvenienced is a greater good than killing terrorists in Iraq.

Killing terrorists makes the Commissar say "Eeeek"; killing workers for profit makes the Commissar say "Wow!, lets kill some more and then raise taxes".