And Then There Were Two

August 5, 2008 by
Filed under: Williamsburg 

Illegal rooftop terraces, that is. After running errands today a most interesting email was awaiting me when I got home. M writes:

This is one of the owner(s — Andrea Drozd — Ed. Note) of studio B, I used to live one block from “the Delancey”, seems that this is a habit of hers. And the sound proofing never happened.

She sure likes that those rooftops!

Curious to see what “M” was talking about I checked out links she sent me.

And sure enough, Ms. Drozd is mentioned as one of the owners of Juliette. In fact, they have an entire photo set dedicated to their rooftop terrace which— just like its cousin up here in Greenpoint— is neither mentioned in their Certificate of Occupancy nor their Place of Assembly. Both of the previous cover the first floor only.

No wonder she got so disgusted at last week’s Public Safety Committee meeting and complained about how long the city takes to issue permits and conduct inspections; she got away with an illegal rooftop terrace in Williamsburg, why shouldn’t she get away with it here Greenpoint? Permits and waiting are for little people.

I wonder if Ken Fisher offers a bulk discount for his “services”? More importantly, he should be giving me some kind of commission for finding and/or posting this stuff. Seriously.

Miss Heather

Studio B Photo Credit: Neighborhood Threat


9 Comments on And Then There Were Two

  1. d on Tue, 5th Aug 2008 7:04 pm
  2. I actually went to Juliette a couple weekends ago. Their in-between (it was like 4pm) menu had subpar vegetarian options so I left. I’ve been on the Delancey rooftop, it’s actually quite nice. I wish these people would get permits, though.

  3. missheather on Tue, 5th Aug 2008 7:12 pm
  4. More/better vegetarian dining options in Greenpoint/Williamsburg in general would be nice as well!

  5. neighborhood threat on Tue, 5th Aug 2008 11:18 pm
  6. hmmm, does this sound familiar to anybody?

    “The thing is, everybody who has ever approached me with a problem, I try to take care of it as soon as we could,” said Drozd. “I understand people have to live their life.”


    i take back a lot of what i said about them. i was feeling SORRY for them. I was feeling as though they got bad advice and got in over their head.

    i’m coming on thursday. i know there is no public comment. it doesn’t matter. they are LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH.

  7. SomeGuy on Tue, 5th Aug 2008 11:52 pm
  8. I love Juliette and I love their roof. It is definitely one of my favorite places in the neighborhood. I live only a couple of doors down and I have never heard of anybody having a problem with their setup. I think it might be time for you to get a hobby other than knowing what’s best for everybody else. I hear that electro shock therapy is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with the Yoga and tofu set.

  9. Citizen Skein on Wed, 6th Aug 2008 1:14 pm
  10. I love employees/owner of these establishments posing as unconcerned neighbors. It’s almost believable. While I have not personal beef with their “setup” I do take offense when people try to blow smoke up my ass about building code or zoning matters. The second floor of both establishments are illegal. Period.

    Instead of just railing though, I’m going to take this opportunity to offer my services to Ms. Drodz to help her legalize both roofs. Being a good neighbor is on your shoulder’s Ms. Drodz, but I can help you get this done. From what I see, your architect and Ken Fischer are jerking you around. I wouldn’t have waited to file your PAs on 7/31/08 (almost 3 months after you opened it). I’d also have had an FPP (fire protection plan) in the works because you can’t get your TCO sign off without it at least filed (doesn’t have to be approved, oddly) and you can’t get your PA permit for the 2nd floor without a TCO.

    My rate is 150 dollars an hour for consulting and filings range from 2-4K flat fee depending on the type/scope of app. I rarely work outside of Manhattan but am willing to make an exception to help you out. From what I see you need it. My first piece of advice (pro bono) would be to can Ken Fischer and light a fire under your architect. He’s seriously misinformed about FD and DOB rules and regulations; I can reign him in in short order though.

    I know it’s hard to take such a proposal seriously in the comments section of a blog you must loathe, but consider it. I’m the best. Email me at Citizen.Skein at gmail dot com if you’re interested.

  11. missheather on Wed, 6th Aug 2008 2:03 pm
  12. If she takes you up on your offer, Skein, let me know. I’ll let you know where to mail my commission check. 😉

  13. missheather on Wed, 6th Aug 2008 2:13 pm
  14. Looks like Studio A has bit the dust:

  15. skuliver on Thu, 7th Aug 2008 10:37 am
  16. i gotta say this b/c i love reading this blog, however, the hate towards studio b is getting really annoying. first, let me say, that i really could give a shit about the place. i’ve never been there and probably never will. i get it, you live behind or next door or your window faces the deck, yadayada. i would find that annoying after awhile too. however, you live in NY! what do you expect to happen on a block like that? if you want peace and quiet, move up to the mountains or bumshit ohio. or better yet, don’t move to a friggin’ industrial neighborhood. i mean, hello? what the hell do you think is going to happen on a street like banker? it’s a shit street. if you want that sort of thing out of the neighborhood, then might as well knock all those damn warehouses down and pop up condos. but, you all don’t want that either do you? you’re so damn hard to please.

    i know i don’t live on that block in particular and i don’t actually get to experience what it’s like living next to the place. (i chose to live on a quiet, neighborhood block.) but it seems like there are hordes of people itching to shut the place down. more people than actually are directly affected by studio b. i mean, seriously, the shit i’m reading sounds like a 5 year old tattle tailing on a kid in class.

    at first it was mildly amusing, now it’s just annoying. unfortunately, i have pretty much cut back on reading this blog and a handful of others until you all stop complaining about it…which is too bad, cause otherwise, this blog especially, is pretty awesome. i hear enough bitching and moaning about shit on a daily basis, i don’t want to be reading it for my enjoyment.

    hope this gets resolved soon.

    “you may not like it, but you will learn to live with it.” – my brilliant grade school guidance counselor

  17. neighborhood threat on Fri, 8th Aug 2008 11:26 am
  18. i know i don’t live on that block in particular and i don’t actually get to experience what it’s like living next to the place.

    so you have no fucking idea what it’s like. the crap “what do you want, it’s new york” also proves that you are indeed not from new york.

    it’s not amusing. we aren’t doing this as a performance piece.

    banker street isn’t a “shit street”. there are at least a dozen vital businesses on that block. again, you are showing your ignorance.

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