We are two tenant associations who joined together to defend ourselves against a corporate real estate investment hydra that seeks to expel us from our homes in order to maximize their profits.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Roof of 118

This was the condition of the roof for quite some time. Fortune East and Ben Shaoul are building a new stair up to the roof from an apartment on the top floor of 118 East 4th St. The permit says they can add a bulk head. They have since added a window to the bulk head. They seem to be attempting to make some kind of private garden terrace on the roof without making any structural changes to strengthen the roof, as they have at 120. The legality of the roof terrace is in question, and they have no permit for it. The bulk head is wrapped in plastic in these photos. The metal beams that form its shape were dumped on the roof at 630 am one morning in November from a crane. Actually, cranes are not allowed according to the permits, so they called it a "Boom" instead. Something went awry and all the beams feel upon the roof with a loud crash. The force of the crash caused plaster to fall from ceilings and new cracks to open up in the walls. There was no one of the roof at the time to receive and help direct this crane, I mean, Boom shipment. 

This is the truck with the crane that dumped its shipment on the roof without  any supervision making a hasty escape. I watched them and they seemed surprised and disturbed by the accident on the roof. 
This is some of the garbage left on the roof over the weekends.


  1. "...without making any structural changes to strengthen the roof, as they have at 120."
    Why the devil would you think they would do it any different over here? The rooftop terraces are a joke! We can only be thankful that this has been a dry mild winter. The crops may need the rain, but the folks living under those "terraces" better start sacrificing English tourists to their Corn God!

    1. They don't care if the buildings collapse. They'd just replace them and it'd be that much easier to get the rent stabilized people out. It really astounds me how this guy had the crane accident that killed people, and then takes no precautions with his next building projects. Kind of psychotic.

    2. Ben Shaoul was in partnership with the company that has the crane accident on 51st St that killed 7 people.

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    4. typo..... that had the crane accident on 51st St

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