Yesterday morning I had this article (which is screencapped at left) brought to my attention by my comrade over at Queens Crap. I pointed and clicked my way over to Brownstoner. This is what they elected to say about 173 Green Street:
An unusually shaped building designed by architect Natalia Donskoy is going up at 173 Green Street in Greenpoint. The front of the building is not straight across but angles in four directions.
The Alt-1 permit calls for four stories and seven units. Donskoy, a former employee of Robert Scarano, is becoming known for sometimes mold-breaking designs in North Brooklyn. What do you think of the design?This, their post, left me absolutely flummoxed for a number of reasons. Follows are two:
1. Although it is clearly discernible in the second photo they elected to publish, no mention whatsoever is made of the Stop Work Orders. Yes, this property has not one — but two.
2. As it would happen I reside in the general area. I have seen the shitshow that is 173 Green unfold. A number of my neighbors/buddies have as well. Aesthetic considerations aside, we all agree on one thing: These Stop Work Orders issued were well-deserved.
After I got done taking the photographs which grace this post, I bumped into a friend of mine who happens to live on the same block as 173 Green Street. A neighbor, if you will. A neighbor who informed me that he/she has in fact lodged a number of complaints about 173 Green Street. Among the things this person has observed:
- Construction in violation of a Stop Work Order— at 6:00 on Sunday morning.
- Violation of Stop Work Orders has been the modus operandi at 173 Green Street. One time even the police showed up.
- The adjacent Green Oaks Club property was inadvertently (?) divested of some of its aluminum siding. Those of you who know of this community’s affect for this product understand that this is probably a hanging offense.
- The use of step ladders for workers to get from floor to floor. What would OSHA say about this?