Friday, September 28, 2018
Business owners harassed over size of signs
A number of store owners along Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven have received violations for their signs in recent months.
Others, hoping to ward off future fines, are pulling down their storefront signs.
The result is a streetscape pockmarked with blank spaces above shop fronts and merchants who said they were struggling before being hit with an unexpected fee.
“I was told there was a complaint about my sign, and I find that hard to believe,” said Vasiliadis, who heard about the violation in August. “I’ve been here nine years. Where would the complaint come from?”
Buildings Department officials confirmed they examined the sign at Avenue Diner after receiving a call about it through the 311 line.
Similarly, city personnel inspected Caridad Restaurant across the street, after the agency received a 311 call about its awning in June. Officials said owner Bruno Taveras’ 14-foot sign was illegal and anchored to the facade without a permit.
“We are here almost 20 years, and I never heard anything about the sign,” said Tavares. “They also said I need insurance. But I already have insurance for the establishment. Nobody in court wants to hear that.”
Andrew Rudansky, a spokesman for the Buildings Department, said signs under six-square-feet do not need a permit.
I'm glad to see that DOB has taken care of the illegal conversion problems and now has time to go after this menace.