2004-07-16 / Front Page

Abandoned House Is Pigeon Palace

Abandoned House Is Pigeon Palace


The owner of this abandoned house on Beach 120 Street is scheduled to meet with the Department of Buildings next week.The owner of this abandoned house on Beach 120 Street is scheduled to meet with the Department of Buildings next week.

The New York City Department of Buildings is scheduled to meet next week with the owner of an abandoned house, which has become home to hundreds of pigeons, in Rockaway Park.

Paula Zeifman, a Los Angeles, California woman, who is listed as the owner of 154 Beach 120 Street, is expected to meet with the DOB on July 20 to answer the city’s charge that she is failing to maintain the "hazardous" house. The house has a large hole in its brickwork, loose trim lumber, exposed framing on the second floor and its front stoop is collapsing according to a DOB violation issued on June 3, which cites "deterioration throughout."

In addition, hundreds of pigeons have made the home their nesting ground and can be seen perching on the house’s roof, gutters and window peak. The birds have also coated parts of the house with their droppings.

There are 9 complaints and 15 open violations against the property in all. The DOB is seeking at least $1,600 in fines against Zeifman, who could not be reached for comment.


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