Friday, June 01, 2007

GL's Construction Site du Jour: 33 Roebling

33 Roebling Two

Last time we started to honor 33 Roebling, AKA 236 N. 10th Street, we came upon the interesting fact that Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos will be the project architect. So, it's only fair that we return to original purpose, which is to point out how wide open the place is and what a crapfest the fence is. It's also more fun these days for your inner construction fan, as there's construction equipment sitting atop a mound of demolition rubble with which to play. Then again, the Mayor apparently found out that the Department of Buildings is, um, a tiny bit behind the curve when it comes to doing its job by reading the Daily News, so what's a crappy fence here and there? We have total confidence the city will get up to speed now that the mainstream media has told them about the disaster that has been hiding from them in plain sight on blogs and via the thousands of calls to 311 that seem to have, um, been routinely ignored. In the meantime, stuff like this is fun for all the kids in the neighborhood!

33 Roebling One

33 Roebling Four

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another development on a parcel of williamsburg land that may yet again end up inadequatedly TESTED for toxins....For yet another example why the new buyers on condos and new rental residents of Williamsburg and Greenpoint should NOT assume that EPA or DEP is doing their job and protecting them from dangerous health risks----Hell no not if their is $$ to be made from taxes and for the devlopers etc...

See below--- Do you still trust EPA and DEP? ----New Yuppies and Hipter kids --don't believe the City/Bloomberg/Developers spin..its negligent white washing

Congress Seeks Truth About Toxic Trailers
May 17, 2008(CBS) Earlier this week, CBS News chief investigative reporter Armen Keteyian reported that 21 months after Hurricane Katrina, there is a public health crisis along the Gulf Coast.

Children are getting sick after prolonged exposure to fumes from the toxic chemical formaldehyde used in construction of thousands of FEMA travel trailers.

In the wake of that report, there are now calls for a congressional investigation, as well as new information that FEMA may have known about the problem more than a year ago.

Some 86,000 families still call FEMA travel trailers home. Formaldehyde fumes seeping from these trailers pose a serious health threat to some young children.

On Wednesday, the man in charge at FEMA, David Paulison, had this to say on Capitol Hill: "The formaldehyde issue was brought to our attention and we went out and investigated and used the EPA and other agencies to do testing. We've been told the formaldehyde does not present a health hazard."

Paulison's comments were based upon a report publicly released by FEMA two weeks ago. Read the report (14 pages).

But according to an internal FEMA document obtained by CBS News, FEMA knew of extremely high levels of the cancer-causing chemical more than a year ago, after its own employee safety department ran tests in March 2006.

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