The Greenpoint Hotel, Revisited
Love it or hate it, there’s one thing we Greenpointers can agree about in regards to the Greenpoint Hotel: it never ceases to entertain. Last night as Mr. Heather and I were headed to Acapulco Restaurant, I spied something affixed to the front door.
Not wishing to miss out on another morsel of Greenpoint Hotel goodness, I simply had to take a look.
Yes, it would appear that this venerable institution has been served a Stop Work Order. As a matter of fact, it has been hit with two. They are as follows:
CALLER STATES UNSAFE CONSTRCTION BEING DONE ON BUIDLING/TURNING THE BUILDING INTO SRO/BATHROOMS BEING WORKED ON FOR THE LAST 8 MONTHS/
CALLER STATES CONSTRUCTION WORK IN-PROGRESS CONTRARY TO STOP WORK ORDER
Here’s the deposition for the latter:
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SWO. WORK OBSERVED; NEW SHEETROCK WALLS AT 2ND AND 3RD FLS IN REAR BATHROOMS ALSO PLASTERING
Some of you might remember this post I published February 26. Contained therein was a link to story from Metro New York dating from February 26, 2008 about the latest incident to transpire at this establishment. Follows is an excerpt to jog your memory:
A cop was injured yesterday after a man who had nearly set himself on fire got violent with rescuers. Employees at the Greenpoint Hotel in Brooklyn called cops at 10 a.m. after smelling smoke. Frank Johnson, 47, a custodian, kicked down the tenantâ€™s door to find him passed out in the smokey room. Burning incense was singeing the bedsheets, he said. â€œThere was feces all over him, and he started fighting me,â€ said Johnson.
It goes on to state that Mr. Johnson’s attacker was taken to Bellevue for psychiatric evaluation. Given the ineffectiveness of the Department of Buildings in serving —much less enforcing— Stop Work Orders in north Brooklyn, I have my doubts as to whether this man is indeed mentally imbalanced. Rather, I think he simply got tired of calling 311 and decided to have a s(h)it in.