New York Shitty Day Ender: What A Difference A Stop Work Order Makes!

August 26, 2009 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


foodiej81 writes (in regards to this post):

This weekend as we were walking by 239 Banker my partner and I noticed that the door was unlocked so we decided to take a stroll through our new neighborhood “hotel”. Well there are definitely people living there, there is mail being delivered and I saw a man taking his dog out for a walk. The “apartments” are still under construction though. We have an acquaintance that put money down on an apartment but is now waiting for a refund because they were told the place will not be ready for another month. Word is they are renovating one dwelling at a time because they have run out of money and won’t be able to finish the project till 70% are rented.
I also saw two men waiting outside the building at around 730 on Monday night; two traditionally dressed Jewish men pulled up in a minivan and met them to show an apartment. I don’t know if anyone has been there recently but the message on the door is asking for “max” to get them a real front door

Regardless I called 311 yesterday and sent in 3 anonymous complaints regarding the building at 239 Banker. It’s a ridiculous project and I wish the DOB would be more proactive in following up on the stop work order.

He (or she) is not the only who feels this way. Follows are a few photographs I received just this evening (in an email entitled “Stop Work Order In Action!) from an anonymous tipster which show just how seriously Max and his funky bunch are taking their recent visit by the Department of Buildings (and the $5,000 fine they were issued as a result).



Note the numerous residential garbage cans at left. I wonder what they’re doing?


Installing and patching drywall— silly me.


Workers taking a breather at the freight elevator. It’s a tough job working after hours and violating a Stop Work Order!

Miss Heather


3 Comments on New York Shitty Day Ender: What A Difference A Stop Work Order Makes!

  1. eriatric on Thu, 27th Aug 2009 10:13 am
  2. My boyfriend and I took at look at these “Sweater Lofts” out of curiosity. Basically we were shown a lot of raw space (raw as in piles of wood everywhere, bare wires hanging from the walls, and a giant hole in one apartment where a window was supposed to go) accompanied by pictures of what they assured us the apartments would look like. Even though they weren’t even *close* to being done, the broker insisted to us that our apartment would be “ready” by the following month. This was back in May, by the way. In addition to an apartment, they also promise a screening room, gym, laundry, etc. Wonder when they’ll get around to those? Needless to say, we moved on. We knew something was fishy, but had no idea it was just out and out illegal! I can’t believe how the DOB is just sitting on this.

  3. nycgrl on Wed, 16th Sep 2009 2:48 pm
  4. “I can’t believe how the DOB is just sitting on this.”

    Never mind that people live there. I suppose you want them all to be evicted?
    I walked by it the other day and they did put a real front door in.
    Old loft buildings like this are converted all the time. I don’t see what the big beef you people have with this building is. I’m glad nosy nelly feels the need to call in anonymous complaints about some construction and possibly displace a bunch of innocent people living in a building.
    If they did have the C of O they’d be working, so they don’t have the C of O, they’re working, either way the construction would be occurring. They will probably pay the fines in the end and get the C of O. The building I currently live in on N. 9th did not have a C of O at one point, but they converted it, got everything up to speed, and now they have it (I checked on the DOB website). I suppose this building will go the same way. So what’s the big deal?

  5. missheather on Wed, 16th Sep 2009 6:46 pm
  6. I can’t believe how compelled you feel to defend this turd. Perhaps you should get your real estate license and contact Max about shilling 239 Banker if you like it so much? That is, of course, provided you haven’t done so already. Give it a rest.

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