The demolition on 35 Cooper Square has apparently been halted overnight. Full work stop notices appeared on the building site yesterday citing the site’s failure to “safeguard public and property affected by construction operations.” But when we called the Department of Buildings, they said “they didn’t have that in their system.” Seems to be some confusion here.
Here’s a picture of one of the notices posted on the site last night:
The note on the bottom reads:
Failure to safeguard public and property affected by construction operations. Defects noted: At the time of inspection there is no protection at lower roof of property. Site/roof is accessible by anyone by way of adjacent property 2nd floor bar area at 25 Cooper Square. Roof has been partially stripped to sheathing and in some places joists. Access is gained over small parapet divider between properties.
Stop all work! Make site safe!
Climbing from the Cooper Square Hotel bar into an abandoned construction site? Did someone really do that? Where do we sign up?
Another notice on the building:
Interestingly, though this official-looking notice has the phone number for the Department of Buildings on it, the Department of Buildings didn’t seem to know anything was wrong with the site in the first place. We’ll keep an eye across the street to see if anything’s going on.