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Sidewalk Shed Speedup Called For by Levine as Inner City Press Asks of Local Law 11 Reform

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

Downtown NYC, March 6 --  In Foley Square in lower Manhattan on March 6, Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine held a press conference about sidewalk sheds, of which he has said there are "over 4,000 sheds in Manhattan alone. If you lined them up, it would go from here to Montreal."   

  Inner City Press, covering the courts, was there and asked if there are in the works any reforms to Local Law 11, which blanket-mandates facade work whether needed or not.  

  Levine acknowledged that some un- or under-necessary work is being required. Video here.

    Earlier he said, "On average, they're out there for eight months each. But there's hundreds, over 200 that have been there for five years, and this is a blight on neighborhoods. The bottom line is the work to fix the facades has to be done more quickly." 

    Inner City Press, local as well as global (including at the UN, which does not comply with New York or US law, claiming to be exempt from it), will stay on the stories including through its new Downtown News Service project. Watch this site. 


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