From the NY Times:
In late September, residents of 5 of the 17 apartments at the idyllic Villa Charlotte Brontë cooperative in the Bronx were waiting for permission to go home after Tropical Storm Irene caused a landslide at the building.
They are still waiting.
Although there is no visible structural damage to the idiosyncratic assemblage of eight buildings that sits atop the cliff at Spuyten Duyvil, there is concern that the landslide destabilized the foundations of the two westernmost buildings overlooking the Hudson River.
The remedial plan, presented to the Department of Buildings by the co-op’s engineering firm, Birdsall Services Group in White Plains, calls for at least $500,000 in repairs to stabilize the cliff and shore up the affected foundations.
The tentative return date for the displaced tenants is early December. Until then, they are allowed to enter their homes to pick up or drop off belongings, but they must do so on the honor system: lingering is against the rules.
In the meantime, the displaced tenants are living in borrowed apartments or staying with friends. One of the affected, Richard Sime, said he found it puzzling that there was no mechanism by which he and the other displaced tenants, including the superintendent, could absolve the city and the co-operative of liability.