CornerGrocers Vestibule on Orchard, Redux

Posted on: January 19th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

Through some general detective work, Boogie reader Jackie Alperson discovers that the new sidewalk-hogging vestibule at the CornerGrocers bodega on Orchard Street reportedly does not violate any laws.  Apparently there are no restrictions on these temporary lobby spaces.

REQUEST TYPE:Consumer ComplaintDETAIL:Sidewalk BlockedINCIDENT ADDRESS:ORCHARD STREET AND RIVINGTON STREETINCIDENT BOROUGH:MANHATTANSTATUS:Unfortunately, the behavior that you complained about does not violate any law or rule. As a result, no city agency has the jurisdiction to act on the matter.NOTES TO CUSTOMER:The customer may choose to pursue the complaint with NYC Department of Transportation. Please contact 55 Water St., New York, NY 10041 NYC.gov/dot.

As it stands, the storefront addition extends more than half way into the sidewalk leaving little room for pedestrians.  Note the proximity between the payphone and vestibule; it’s a tight squeeze. There’s roughly two feet of wiggle room.

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