Monday, November 2, 2009
DOB says this is perfectly safe
"These were taken about 10am this morning at the St. Saviour's site. There was a partial stop work order in effect which stated that there could be no excavation within 20 feet of the damaged retaining wall and that they were to repair the shoddy construction fence. So they were replacing the fence manually while excavating the wall with heavy equipment without any protection whatsoever for the public. I can't really describe in words what was going on there - you have to watch these videos to understand. But the arm of the backhoe was swinging out over the sidewalk and they were driving it on top of an unstable mound of dirt. Both 311 and 911 were called but no one came."
More videos here.
When I got home, I received this:
Dear Ms. Wilkinson,
An inspector was sent to the above location this morning. At the time of the inspection, the Inspector observed no work in progress, except to make the site safe. Specifically, workers were observed using a machine to remove dirt from the sidewalk. The Department of Buildings will nonetheless continue to monitor the location to ensure compliance with the Stop Work Order.
Byron Muñoz, MA
Intergovernmental and Community Affairs
NYC Department of Buildings
I replied with a link to the photos and videos and asked them not to insult my intelligence.
Now there is a scramble to try to save what's left of the historic stone wall." - Christina Wilkinson
UPDATE: "I got a call that a 10-foot section of the wall collapsed around 2pm." - Christina