Crappy Construction Fence du Jour: 158 India Street

November 1, 2007 by
Filed under: Area 51, Greenpoint Magic 

Those of you who have been playing along at home might remember that earlier this week (October 30) I caught a chap taking a nap at the above-mentioned location.

Nappytime!

What I failed to mention was how cute it was to watch this chap roll over and stretch. In fact, he reminded me of one of my cats. I even stopped and wondered to myself:

I wonder what contractors dream about?

Well, in the case of 158 India Street let’s hope he was dreaming of a brand new construction fence because the one currently in place is a joke.

158 India Street Fence

I am rarely one to argue semantics —much less with an organization as professional as the one working at 158 India Street— but isn’t the purpose of a fence to keep people out? Confused, I decided to point and click my way over to Wikipedia and let them resolve the matter once and for all:

A fence is a freestanding structure designed to restrict or prevent movement across a boundary. It is generally distinguished from a wall by the lightness of its construction: a wall is usually restricted to such barriers made from solid brick or concrete, blocking vision as well as passage (though the definitions overlap somewhat).

Fences are constructed for several purposes, including:

  1. Agricultural fencing, to keep livestock in or predators out
  2. Privacy fencing, to provide privacy
  3. Temporary fencing, to provide public safety and security on construction sites
  4. Security fencing, to prevent trespassing or theft and/or to keep children and pets from wandering away
  5. Decorative fencing, to enhance the appearance of a property, garden or other landscaping
  6. Boundary fencing, to demarcate a piece of real property
  7. Griffin Edwards face

Griffin Edwards face (sic) not withstanding (I am not kidding, that really is in the aforementioned Wikipedia entry), I am going to go out on a limb and postulate that what graces the frontage of 158 India Street once was, or desperately wants to be, a fence.

It’s fallen and it can’t get up!

However, since it is secured with a piece of coat hanger wire, has a gap wide enough for me to talk through and appears to be collapsing, I think it would be more apropos to call it The Maginot Line.

Or simply a death trap. Take your pick.

If a construction fence collapses and an inspector from the Department of Buildings is not around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Miss Heather

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