What are these scaffolding around NYC buildings all the time?(FAQ#8)

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Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate
What are these scaffolding around different NYC buildings all the time?

Those scaffolding or sidewalk sheds are part of a New York City Building Law concerning maintaining and repairing a building's exterior facade.  Specifically, it's called Local Law 11, and it's quite common place.

Local Law 11 requires an inspection every 5 years of a building's facade for building's higher than 6 stories.  So you can deduct that for a place like New York City, with 1000's of building's higher than 6 stories, you will see these scaffolding quite often.

The importance of Local Law 11 is to ensure the safety of the pedestrians and vehicles from a deteriorating building.  Brick work deteriorates over time and a loose brick or piece of debris falling from a high floor is a potentially dangerous occurrence.  

Every building that meets the minimum height standards of Local Law 11 has to comply and the management company of the building is typically responsible to hire the contracting companies that provide the scaffolding and sidewalk sheds, engineers to inspect the building, and  possibly architects to facilitate the process.

So don't be alarmed, if you see scaffolding outside of a building you are interested in buying an apartment in, the building isn't falling down, it's probably just time for the mandatory inspection of the exterior and barring any required repairs the scaffolding typically comes down relatively quickly.  

You can always confirm with the management why the scaffolding is up outside of a building and see when they estimate it might come down.

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Rainmaker
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Ginny Lacey Gorman
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Eileen, now that is a good law!  Protection and physical too of pedestrians...have a bonus weekend!

June 08, 2012 10:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Richard & Beth Witt
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Hi Eileen, What another law???  How did we ever live without all these laws... I guess I can agree with Ginny and saw it's a good law... but I'm just getting so tired of all these LAWS... Have a Happy New York City Day...

June 08, 2012 01:22 PM
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Eileen Hsu
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Hi Ginny, yes yes, it is a good law. :-)

Rich and Beth, another law, but for the good of people this time. ;-)

June 08, 2012 01:54 PM
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Morgan Evans
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We will do our best to walk around the scaffoldings and not too close when it is windy out.

 

June 08, 2012 02:17 PM
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Joan Cox
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Eileen, improving exteriors and keeping them looking good is important, but as Morgan says, stay clear of under them during windy days!

June 09, 2012 06:26 AM
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