New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Upper East Side Patch Scaffolding Has Covered This UES Sidewalk For Over A Decade by Nick Garber

Scaffolding Has Covered This UES Sidewalk For Over A Decade

But it's far from the only long-term nuisance: two blocks north, the shed at 302 East 95th St. has been up for more than eight years, permits show. The scaffold at the Chapin School on East End Avenue has remained for six years, while another at 1080 Lexington Ave. is approaching its seventh birthday.

City Councilmember Ben Kallos called out the shed at 1772 Second Ave. on Twitter this week, part of a weeklong series in which he plans to draw attention to sidewalk sheds across the city that have overstayed their welcome.

It is a signature issue for Kallos, who since 2016 has been pushing for legislation that would require building owners to make repairs within 180 days of reporting an unsafe condition. The bill has stalled in the City Council, amid opposition from real estate groups.

"New Yorkers need to demand it at this point," Kallos said of his bill. "Landlords don't want to do the work, they don't want to take care of their buildings."

Kallos said he has tried to persuade the city to offer decent, temporary apartments to the residents of 1772 Second Ave., where they could stay while much-needed repairs are carried out.

A spokesperson for the city's housing department, which manages Neighborhood Restore, attributed the shed's longevity to a major renovation "that has experienced delays."


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