1999-07-23 / Front Page

Leaning Tower Of Seaside

"Tenant Safety" Is Concern
By John McLoughlin


Citing "tenant safety" as the purpose for visiting the Seaside buildings along Shore Front parkway, the New York City Buildings Department and Code Enforcement of Housing, Preservation and Development slapped the Zukerman property with several violations and called for the immediate netting and full scaffolding of 106-20, where bricks from the 12th floor are close to falling off.

Joann Ariola, former chief-of-staff to Council Member Al Stabile and now director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Queens office of the Buildings Department, joined with colleague Joe Valentino and led a group of inspectors to 1 Beach 105 street, 106-20 Shore Front parkway, and 107-10 Shore Front parkway. Tenants have continued to complain of leaks in their apartments and other work that has not been addressed by management. One tenant noted that scaffolding has been around the building for two years "to create an appearance that work is being done."

All three roofs were found to be in "horrendous" condition, with pools of water in abundance at 1 Beach 105 street and 106-20. Water was not being drained properly, therefore drying into the roof covering and causing leaks.

Walls along the roof were identified by inspectors to be "buckling in and leaning," alarming them to the fact that bricks could separate and fall. Inspector Bonaparte from HPD said there has been a "lack of maintenance on the outside," and when asked about the leaning roof wall, he said "forget it…this is a dangerous situation."

After visiting several apartments, where tenants complained that walls were wet from leaks, inspectors began issuing violations. Immediate concern came when several inspectors found that bricks at 106-20 were pushed away from the structure on the 12th floor. Inspectors explained that the gap allows water to get in, which freezes in the winter, causing the bricks to expand. One heavy wind can lead to the bricks falling. Inspector Flemming called this an "emergency situation," and called for immediate netting of the building. Flemming said that the owners will be notified of the condition, and if nothing is done, HPD will place the netting and scaffolding and charge them.

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