Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Is This Fence Legal? Steinway Mansion Update (Sunday, July 23, 2017).


     An eight foot high chain link fence was erected eight days ago - Sunday, July 16 - on the public thoroughfare across from the Steinway Mansion on the west side of 41st Street.  This construction of  possible questionable legality narrowly just yards away from the Mansion property is located on the shoulder of the 2-way street between Berrian Boulevard to the north and 19th Avenue to the south.    The first 5 photos below (numbers 1 through 5) show archived views of the site from the immediate past without any fencing on the roadway shoulder.  The next 6 photos (numbers 6 through 11) show fence construction activity on Sunday, July 16.  The fence construction workers when asked said that the work was commissioned by the Mansion owners.  The final 8 photos (numbers 12 through 19) show the finished fencing as of today.
     Questions.   Was this fence legally constructed on non-Mansion property?  On the west side of a New York City public roadway?  And what is the purpose of this barricade?


PHOTO 1.  A NYC SANITATION TRUCK HEADS NORTH ON THE 2-WAY 41ST
 STREET CLEARING THE NARROW PUBLIC ROADWAY OF SNOW.
  NO FENCING TO THE RIGHT OF THIS VEHICLE.

PHOTO 2.   LOOKING SOUTH.  NO EXTANT FENCING ON
 THE ROADWAY'S WESTERN SHOULDER.

PHOTO 3.   DISCARDED JUNK AND WEEDY UNDERGROWTH
FOUND ON THE ROAD'S WESTERN SHOULDER.  NOTE ABSENCE OF
FENCING THEREON.

PHOTO 4.   GARBAGE STREWN SHOULDER ABSENT OF FENCING.

PHOTO 5.  41ST STREET LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS
BERRIAN BOULEVARD.  NO FENCING ON THIS PUBLIC
THOROUGHFARE'S WESTERN SIDE.

PHOTO 6.   WORK BEGINS ON SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017, FOR THE
8-FOOT HIGH CHAIN LINK FENCE.  (COMPARE THIS VIEW WITH
PHOTO 1  FROM SIX MONTHS BEFORE.)

PHOTO 7.   POSTS AND RAILS AWAIT THE CHAIN LINKS
OF THE FENCING .

PHOTO 8.  LOOKING NORTH. THE FENCE COMPANY SUPERVISOR
 ATOP THE 41ST MANSION "RISE".

PHOTO 9.   FENCE COMPANY WORKERS.   MANSION MAIN
ENTRANCE TO THE RIGHT.   MANSION PROPERTY DOES NOT
EXTEND ACROSS TO THE WEST SIDE OF 41ST STREET.

PHOTO 10.  FENCE WORKERS.

PHOTO 11.  FENCE WORKERS.

PHOTO 12.  THE COMPLETED 8-FOOT HIGH CHAIN-
LINK FENCING.

PHOTO 13.  THE NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED FENCE ON THE
SHOULDER OF THE WEST SIDE OF THE
41ST STREET ROADWAY ACROSS FROM MANSION VICINITY.

PHOTO 14.  UP AND OVER.  DID THE MANSION OWNERS HAVE A
LEGAL RIGHT TO THIS AREA FOR "THEIR" FENCING?

PHOTO 15.  8-FOOT FENCING CONTINUES ALONG THE WESTERN
SIDE OF 41ST STREET.

PHOTO 16.   THE PRIVATE 8-FOOT HIGH FENCING
ON A NYC PUBLIC STREET.

PHOTO 17.  WHO SIGNED-OFF ON THIS?  

PHOTO 18.  NEWLY-CONSTRUCTED MANSION
WAREHOUSES SEEN AT RIGHT.

PHOTO 19.   MANSION.  FENCE.  LEGAL?


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Who's Missing? The Former Location of Municipal Art Masterpiece - The Triumph of Civic Virtue - Opened To The Public at Queens Borough Hall. (July 16, 2017)

  
   Almost 5 years since the ignominious transport to Brooklyn of the famed sculptor Frederick MacMonnies' "The Triumph of Civic Virtue" carved by the acclaimed Italian-American marble cutters, the Piccirilli Brothers, the beloved missing statue's remaining fountain base and surroundings are ready for public usage.
   (See exclusive coverage of the removal of the statue on December 15, 2012 HERE.  Also, the statue's emplacement in Brooklyn's Green-Wood cemetery immediately thereafter on December 19, 2012 HERE.   And again, the Green-Wood cemetery emplacement site on the one-year anniversary of Civic Virtue's removal, December 15, 2013 HERE.)




PHOTO 1.    WHO'S MISSING?















PHOTO 2.   INDEED. WHO'S MISSING?

Monday, July 10, 2017

EXCLUSIVE. After Decades Missing, Steinway Mansion Portico Roof Being Reconstructed. Mansion Update (July 10, 2017)

PHOTO 1.   Nineteenth century drawing showing the portico's roof
with balustrade fencing on top (large red hand).  Similar balustrade fencing atop the tower
surrounding the cupola (smaller red hand) - presently missing as well.

PHOTO 2.  The Steinway family in this late 19th century photo
under the roofed portico entrance.

PHOTO 3.  The late mansion former owner, Mike Halberian, points to the
missing portico roof which was removed decades ago because of its
dilapidated condition.   Note extensive foreground landscaping which
no longer exists because of the presence of newly-constructed warehouses.

PHOTO 4.   Mike Halberian standing in the same spot as the Steinway family
seen in Photo 2 (above).   Mike's pet chicken, seen here in the foreground is positioned
at about the second floor of the intruding newly-constructed warehouses.

PHOTO 5.  The beginning of the reconstruction of the portico's roof.

PHOTO 6.  Portico roof reconstruction.

PHOTO 7.  Portico roof reconstruction.  Note flower urns seen in photo 1.

PHOTO 8.  Portico roof reconstruction.

PHOTO 9.  Way atop the tower, the now copper-clad cupola's weathered plywood door
has been replaced.












PHOTO 10.   Copper rain leader.

PHOTO 11.  Extensive use of copper materials in building renovation.  
Seen here: Copper flashing.


To what purpose all of this?   Now that the
magnificent entrance view toward the 1858 NYC
landmarked edifice cannot be seen from street level? 
(Photo 12 below.)  What could have been an artistically-stirring vista to the Mansion's grand entrance
(see Mike Halberian's "chicken photo" #4 above) has
now been obliterated by the warehouse construction. 
  What kind of nincompoop architect designed this?
   What kind of nitwit owners acquiesced to this design? 
  What kind of jack-ass Chamber of Commerce gave these mooks an award of distinction for
this aesthetic mayhem?
  (See our post of last December 21.)



PHOTO 12.  Newly-constructed warehouses and the Steinway Mansion as seen
from 41st Street, between Berrian Boulevard and 19th Avenue.