CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery Hit with Stop-Work Order for Worksite Safety Issues

Posted on: February 5th, 2016 at 5:18 am by
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While the CitizenM hotel ascends to great heights (i.e. 19 stories) at 185 Bowery, it’s the neighbors who suffer most. Day in and day out, the congestion at the corner of Delancey disrupts not only sidewalk flow and sleep, but motor traffic. Blame constant blockages and deliveries.

Well, the lack of oversight we’ve noted at this worksite is now catching up with the developer. The Department of Buildings issued fresh stop-work orders on Wednesday for a lack of “safety-strap log books” and a “failure to safeguard” with overhead protection above walkway and adjacent building. To that end, however, the first elements of a sidewalk bridge network appeared yesterday.

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Nevertheless, the partial edict remains in place two days later. And the superstructure is at approximately four stories in height.

As previously reported, the company tasked with erecting the nineteen-story phallus is the notorious Rinadi Group. You’ll recall that their license was recently suspended after an investigation into the death of a construction worker at the Riu Hotel job site on West 46th Street. Christian Ginesi, a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran, was killed May 5 when he tried to evacuate a stalled elevator 24 flights up; he plunged to his death. As a result, permits were revoked and work halted at Rinaldi’s seventeen city sites. Or so we thought…

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