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
|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-|
|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?|