CitizenM Should Shovel Its Sidewalk and Rid the Daily Pigeon Feed on the Bowery

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 at 9:22 am by

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For decades, the empty lot at the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey had housed four unique buildings. Including 185 Bowery, a century-old townhouse that the Landmarks Preservation Commission deemed unworthy of preservation; developers decaptitated the roof to ensure no landmarking. The row of buildings was demolished in the summer of 2012 so that CitizenM can place a 19-story hotel on the spot.

Bowery neighbors are pissed about the upkeep of this lot, though.

There are two particular concerns with this perimeter of the unbuilt CitiznM hotel. First, shovel the fuckin’ sidewalk outside your plot of land. We understand that you don’t care about the surrounding community, but this is law. According to city ordinance, building and/or business owners are responsible for snow removal in front of their establishments. Failure to do so within four hours after the accumulation ends could result in fines of up to $150 or ten days in jail.

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This dude has been feeding pigeons here for years

Also, the persistent problem of pigeon feed at this corner.

This issue actually pre-dates the arrival of CitizenM on the Bowery. An old-timer on the block – who is apparently nicknamed Red (naturally) – has been littering this area with bread crusts for years, which has obviously attracted a feeding frenzy of pigeons and seagulls. We caught him unloading a full garbage bag of bread on Sunday, then discarding the remnants (presumably for the rats). Fed-up residents have called 311 to end the avian nightmare, but to no avail.

In sum, CitizenM really needs to do its part in keeping this area from become a full-on health hazard. Will it step up to the plate?

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