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.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Trouble with Scaffolding

A scaffolding was erected in front on 118 and 120 East 4th St. in early July. They have painted the fire escapes on the front of the buildings. That was finished in a few short days, but the scaffold has remained in place for more than a month.
This is the scaffolding being erected the second week of July.

This tree and another were savaged, maimed, and butchered by the workers that assembled the scaffold. The Parks Dept. is the only agency that has the authority to prune the city's trees. This violation was reported to the Parks Dept.

Garbage began to accumulate quickly, and putrefy in the hot July sun.

This accumulation of garbage and debris is a violation and was reported.

Most days the ladder to the fire escape is down. It is often left like this and obviously compromises the safety of the tenants. Any common criminal strolling down East 4th St. has free access to our homes. Fortune East/Magnum Real Estate seem to have little regard for the safety and security of its tenants.


  1. This scaffolding went up a scant TWO days after the NYTimes published a piece on Ben Shaoul. The articles quoted a tenant at 120. Guess who lives at scaffolding level? Guess who got to enjoy surly workers outside his window first thing in the morning?

  2. Is a permit required for this sort of scaffold? If so, there is no permit listed for these addresses on line at the DOB website.

  3. Yes it is so call DOB asap

  4. Yes, I think it has a permit since it is a big issue if it has a problem during the making stage of the scaffolding.

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