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Upper East Side Patch De Blasio Pledges $111M To Tear Down NYCHA Sidewalk Sheds by Matt Troutman

De Blasio Pledges $111M To Tear Down NYCHA Sidewalk Sheds

Public housing stands in Manhattan on June 11, 2018.

Public housing stands in Manhattan on June 11, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK CITY — A $111 million investment will tear down unsightly scaffolds that have stood at NYCHA properties for years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

De Blasio said Wednesday that the money will go toward fixing facades and removing scaffolds at 45 buildings in 15 NYCHA developments.

Some scaffolds — or, in the city's parlance, sidewalk sheds — have been up for five years, he said.


"They affect the quality of life, they affect the whole feeling of life in a development," he said.

Sidewalk sheds are part of everyday life in New York City.

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Local law requires them as a safety feature when buildings undergo facade work. The sheds help protect pedestrians from falling debris.

But the sheds can stand for years, becoming more-or-less permanent fixtures in neighborhoods. One in the West Village stood for two decades, on and off.

Council Member Ben Kallos has proposed legislation to make sure sheds stand for no more than 90 days. And de Blasio on Wednesday said the city's Department of Buildings is doing more to enforce existing time limits.

Yet still, many remain even on city property such as NYCHA buildings.

De Blasio said the $111 million investment will help change that.

Council Member Carlina Rivera, whose Manhattan district includes a NYCHA property that will be fixed, applauded the effort.

"I hope to partner with this administration and future administrations in fighting for consistent and sustained investments to make never-ending scaffolding a thing of the past," she said.


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