Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tough luck on Tulfan Terrace

After months of clanging hammers, coughing cement trucks and shouting construction workers, Tulfan Terrace, a leafy dead-end lane in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, has been quiet since 2006. But it has not been a welcome quiet.

The noise emanated from a condo tower that swallows up the southern half of the cul-de-sac. But after the developers fell into financial trouble that year, work on the project stopped. What remains looks like the cast-off toy of a distracted giant: a 12-story skeleton with no exterior walls and a squat blue plywood fence encircling the rim.

And now, the remaining residents of Tulfan Terrace are trying to adjust to the sights, sounds and hassles of a real estate boom gone bust. For James Weeks, 56, that means picking up construction debris that blows into his lawn from the empty building. For Naomi Gans, 70, it means shooing away the raccoons that have moved into the lot across the street. And for Edward Bell, 63, it means gazing from his bay window at a ghostly hulk.

“They really ruined the neighborhood,” Mr. Bell said, rocking in his tartan-print easy chair.

An Abandoned Tower Sows Dismay in Riverdale

And this is just the beginning of the story. There was an indictment on federal charges of fraud, embezzlement and structuring financial deals to evade financial reporting requirements for the financier connected to this...


Hell Gate Kid said...

Yet another example of a failed policy in city govenment, incompetence of the community preservation movement, and a failure by the media to monitor this entire process.

Snake Plissskin said...

incompetence of the community preservation movement

Failure to speak out on all those prodevelopment Pratt, Hunter, etc studies, as well as conducting symposiums on how to live with development results in this.

But no problem.

This will never happen in Brooklyn Heights.

Anonymous said...

Hey crappy - what are you doing - putting up reruns? We seen this before - wassup?

Queens Crapper said...

No, you haven't.

michfan2123 said...

I live a few blocks away from this mess. I plan on going there with a camera to check it out sometime this week.