Stop Work Order Mystery at Moscot’s 108 Orchard

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

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As if on cue, the Grinch came for 108 Orchard (and Moscot) on Christmas Eve, assuming the form of a DOB inspector. This suitcase-dragging gentleman (above) slapped the familiar sticker by the entrance, vocally warning contractors not to enter under threat of further punishment. The dreaded full stop work order. Recall that gut renovations began onsite in early October, at which point we noted that no such permits had been filed for the work.

It would appear that the city agency had finally caught wind and followed through with this stop work order. Not so fast. The infraction was not posted to the DOB database, and the sign was scraped clean shortly thereafter.

Apparently there’s a busted boiler that is allegedly emitting noxious fumes and a number of elevator violations on file.

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As we first reported back in October, Moscot is presently amidst a move across Delancey to 108 Orchard. The relocation is slated for sometime in the spring, when its former home of seventy years will be razed for a tower of luxury living. Days are most certainly numbered for that northeast corner.

108 Orchard is owned by notorious landlord Baruch Singer, whose offices are around the corner.

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  • Jay

    Not paying off the right people at DOB, which would be most anyone.