Stop-work issued on Village condo project after metal rod falls through neighbor’s window

TRD New York /
May.May 10, 2011 08:01 AM

The city issued a full stop work order at the site of an upcoming Greenwich Village condominium yesterday after a metal rod hurtled through the window of the apartment building next door, DNAinfo reported.

The construction site, at 61 Fifth Avenue, already had a partial stop work order, which was filed last week when the Department of Buildings discovered that crews were working without adequate protections for the rooftop of 59 Fifth Avenue.

Luckily, it turns out that No. 61’s noisy construction had already been so bothersome before the accident that every tenant at the five-unit 59 Fifth has moved out; that means the second-floor apartment where the 10-inch beam landed yesterday was unoccupied at the time, so no one was hurt, according to landlord Magid Kermanshah.

The developer of 61 Fifth is listed in city building records as Glendale, N.Y.-based 61 Fifth Avenue LLC, whose president is T-shirt maker Marek Kiyashka.

A rendering and description of the 10-story project on architect Alta Indelman’s website says the 10-story, brick and limestone building is slated to open this summer. It is angling for LEED certification and will contain ground-floor retail space, three duplexes and a triplex penthouse.

Kermanshah does not intend to seek reimbursement for the accident or for the headaches caused by the neighboring construction, and the city said work may resume at the site when the developers get up to speed on safety requirements. [DNAinfo]

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