So I was walking down Roosevelt Avenue, going about my business, when this "house" caught my eye.
If you're saying to yourself, "That thing CAN'T be legal, rest assured, it's not!
I looked through all the info on DOB's site, and connected the following dots:
The owner of 108-41 Roosevelt Avenue applied for an alteration permit back in 2002. It was reissued in 2006. The permit was revoked in 2007 and a stop work order remains in effect.
So now you're saying, "But that house looks lived in." Why yes, it is - with no C of O because the SWO was never rescinded and the revoked permits were never reissued.
Basically, what we have here is an illegally built house with illegally rented units.
And when complaints about an illegal nightclub being run out of the basement were called in to DOB, they passed it off on the NYPD.
One of the more recent complaints from September 2011 still has not been addressed:
"THIS HOME HAS GUTTED OUT THE BASEMENT AND IS RENTED OUT FOR PARTIES. THIS IS USED AS AN ILLEGAL CLUB AND ABOUT 100 PEOPLE INCLUDING CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE IN ATTENDANCE. THEY ALSO BRING ALCOHOL & MUSIC."
A similar complaint from earlier this month apparently means shady activity is still going on here.
Hey DOB: Call FDNY and have the place vacated and sealed already.
All this crap going on and I didn't even touch on the top floor of the house hanging over the driveway and the column of balconies in the shadow of the el...
Welcome to Queens!
(Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor; Helen Marshall, Borough President)