Wall rats! Slopers can’t use their backyards until school fixes collapse

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Residents of St. Johns Place in Park Slope have been banned from using their own open space last week after the city ruled that a wall being removed at an adjacent private school had been so badly damaged in September’s tornado that it could collapse.

The wall demolition is part of a controversial annex being built by the Berkeley Carroll School on Lincoln Place between Seventh and Eight avenues — a project that has already enraged the owners of some of the eight brownstones that share the property line.

Residents don’t think the one-story annex is appropriate in a historic district — and the demolition accident only further widened the gap of trust between neighbors and the school.

“I don’t feel very assured that … the site is safe or what they propose to do with it is safe,” said a resident who wished to remain anonymous.

The school disagreed.

“This was not a result of the construction, but the extreme weather,” said Berkeley Carroll spokeswoman Jodie Corngold. “This was the second tornado in Brooklyn since the 19th century — extraordinary and unforeseea­ble.”

Updated 5:21 pm, July 9, 2018
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