Under Scrutiny, Gotham Court is Replacing Its Problematic Roof Deck

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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It would appear the Johnny-come-lately owners of Gotham Court – Hubb NYC – are finally addressing the behavior of its tenants. A neighbor recently had an exchange with management, who indicated that the rooftop of Gotham Court (Essex building) is now off limits to tenants. Sealed. When pushed about the rowdy residents, the spokesperson noted that, “We are changing the culture of the building, it just takes time.”

The good times are gone … or so we thought.

The eagle-eyed tipster points out that Gotham Court is, in fact, removing the fire hazard roof deck with plans for an immediate replacement. A dumpster bin has been sitting curbside for a couple weeks collecting the detritus.

Printouts posted in the Ludlow Street entrance describe the scope of work, including confirmation that a rooftop replacement is in the making. Only problem is, no permits are currently on file with the Department of Buildings for the project – neither the removal nor the new deck. A formal complaint was filed with the city agency, and is currently under investigation. So far, inspectors haven’t gained access to the building.

Dismantling the vertical addition is likely a response to vocal accusations that the deck is composed of non-fire-grade combustible material and therefore poses a fire risk to the building (and block at large).

So much for a culture change.

Hubb NYC purchased the property in June for $29.1 million.

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