Rogue construction on North Seventh Street

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Now that’s a bad neighbor.

Residents of N. Seventh Street in Williamsburg are fuming over a new condo being built so close to its neighbors that its scaffolding juts into their terraces and bits of building debris fall onto their property.

“The scaffolding needs to be higher but the workers can’t fix it unless they trespass — and they’re already trespassing,” said one resident who declined to give her name.

And another neighbor asserts that his apartment shakes like an earthquake anytime there is heavy construction.

The four-story concrete structure developed by Greenpoint contractor Michael Siwiec is sandwiched between a Karl Fischer-designed luxury condo and a four-story stone building constructed before World War II.

The site has risen quickly in the past four months — it had been vacant for several years following a demolition.

But construction work has not gone smoothly.

The city has slapped Siwiec his contractors with 29 violations, and more than $10,000 in fines, for failing to maintain a secure work site and improperly storing chemicals on the site.

Twenty-six of the violations are open, and more fines could be coming.

Contractors may not be able to waterproof the building properly since there is less than a foot of room between it and its adjacent structures.

And one neighbor said that she witnessed several laborers working while the entrance was padlocked — a complaint that city inspectors are investigating.

Calls made to Siwiec’s Sutton Street office were not returned.

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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
DOB is very weak (and lazy.)
April 7, 2011, 10:52 am
Steve from Greenpoint says:
Wow, where to start…
First, this “article” seems like something you’d have a friend write for a local paper if you were trying to get a payout from a developer…
Secondly, using Google maps and the NYC BIS it’s easy to discern that it’s the owner of the 2nd floor unit at 120 North 7th street is the mysterious “un-named” neighbor. Their balcony has a partial vacate order from the city. However, that netting that they claim to be “trespassing” is site protection required by the New York City Building code.
But reviewing the violations on NYC BIS for what seems to be 114 North 7th street, it also looks like the contractor has made some mistakes. No DOT permit, not construction fence, no guard rails…and sure, 24 open violations sounds like a lot…but there are 54 complaints! Someone is sitting on 311 all day long calling and complaining about the site…I wonder who that could be…2nd floor balcony I’m looking at you…
All in all, a fun little investigation on the internet for me. But it sounds like Brooklyn Paper needs to bone up on their journalistic integrity a bit…and the 2nd floor tenant at 120 N7th needs to get laid!
April 7, 2011, 3:44 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
is that a suicide prevention net?
April 8, 2011, 2:45 pm
George from Greenpoint says:
How could the Buildings Department approve such a building design?

Did they approve the structure being built?

Did they approve a plan?
April 8, 2011, 3:31 pm
Stevenotendoeed from Greenpoint says:
Duh Steve attacks sexuality - wonder why? What is that all about. Are you paid to do things like that? Something for the 94th Precinct to be aware of because Steve doesn't think properly storing chemicals is a serious violation or failing to maintain a secure site issuing chaining workers in to a work site that has one entrance and exit is serious. Let Steve live in a building not waterproofed along with his developer friends
April 8, 2011, 4:37 pm
kwan says:
120 N7th is long lost member of Run DMC.
April 8, 2011, 11:38 pm
NosyNabe from Williamsburg says:
You have to wonder what the new residents of the Karl Fischer prefab monstrosity expected moving into a construction zone. Walk down any block and look at the back of new constructions sites and that same ugly scaffolding with blue tarp is hanging across many windows. 120 N7 practically has a 'cherrypicker' sitting out front every month to deal with damaged windows due to poor construction or is it a bad foundation?, which by the way, the pouring of 120 N7's foundation supposedly damaged the old house & foundation of 114 N7, so what goes around, comes around.
April 9, 2011, 9:11 pm
John from Greenpoint says:
Steve from Greenpoint makes a good point. Here's a few more; Protection for neighbors is required by code and designed by a Professional as in Architect or Engineers with years of education in the construction field,
Walk through any construction site and you may encounter numerous violation of the building code. Some serious and some that merely require a simple amendment to the plans. It's not illegal to build up to a lot line by the way, also the building is not yet finished so the blocks will be covered when done.
However records show none are detrimental to life & well being in fact most visits by the city, which is every other day it seems, result in no action and things are progressing as required. Could it be that every single inspector is wrong, or is it as Steve suggests an angry neighbor that didn't get substantially enriched ?
Last I heard the DOB does not enforce "Trespassing" that's for the guys with guns.
April 12, 2011, 8:04 pm
resident 120 north 7 from williamsburg says:
i also live next door to the jobsite. It seems to be getting targeted by my neighbor at 120 north 7,who knone in the building likes...yes the old lady baglady run dmc wanna be,pictured above. This site hasent had any accidents and the developer has been great...also neighbor is a sellout,communist activist whos upset about overpaying for her condo...haha u lost 300,000..ull never be able to sell ur dumby condo...go back to soviet union
May 15, 2011, 10 am
resident 120 north 7 from williamsburg says:
also whats aaron short the writer talkin about,"thats a bad neighbor" is he bad cause he spent money to protect neighbors from falling debri...or do u prefer he not put a net over entrance door and let children get hurt
May 15, 2011, 10:06 am
david from n 7th st says:
glad my family moved away from that street and all you idiots
May 17, 2011, 5:25 pm

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