Why does scaffolding cover some NYC buildings for more than a decade?
New Yorkers are used to seeing construction scaffolding all over the city, but what happens when a building has it up for more than just a couple of months?
City records analyzed by the New York Post found that some structures have had scaffolding in place for more than a decade: In Harlem, scaffolding has covered part of 409 Edgecombe Avenue since 2006; at 360 Central Park West on the Upper West Side, it’s been there since 2008 (the building owners claim it’s only been there for six years). Even the Department of Buildings’ Broadway office has its own lingering scaffolding issue, with part of the building covered since 2008.
So why does this happen? As part of Local Law 11, the city inspects building facades every five years, leading some property owners to keep scaffolding up to avoid the cost of taking it down and rebuilding it every few years.