NYC Scaffolding: More than 540 miles of ‘eye-catching’ | 7 On your side examine

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) – The city is known as the Concrete Jungle. But it is also becoming known for the scaffolding that surrounds the concrete. If you lined up all the sidewalk sheds in town, they would stretch to more than 340 miles.

No one knows it better than the parents on PS 333 on W. 93rd Street on the city’s Upper West Side.

“It hurts,” said Gui Stampur, a parent of a son in kindergarten. “It’s dangerous, and it’s really unfair.”

It’s a beautiful landmark school that was built 80 years ago, but you would not know it by looking at it now. The whole building is covered with scaffolding, boards and nets.

“You really can not see a single inch of the school building itself,” said Olivia Greer, who has two children attending school.

“It took a year and 46 days to build the Empire State Building, it has taken over seven years to repair the roof and facade, it is unacceptable,” Stampur said.

They are not only worried about what it looks like. They are most concerned about safety.

“We hear scary stories about what sometimes happens in New York, where bricks fall from buildings and you have 700 kids here,” Greer said.

While the city does not have information available on how many buildings have scaffolding, it does track how many buildings have sidewalk sheds.

7 On Your Side Studies found that more than 9,000 buildings have sidewalk sheds in the New York City area.

“We want people to have this construction site moved as soon as possible,” Stampur said.

The parents started an online signature collection in hopes of pushing those responsible for the repairs to work faster.

The school’s building authority, like overseas public school projects, said they had problems with the original contractor and had to hire a new one.

SCA spokesman Kevin Ortiz sent a statement:

“The extensive and complex work of repairing the exterior masonry, parapet and roof of an 80-year-old, landmark building was exacerbated by problems with the original contractor. A new contractor has been brought in. Unfortunately, the extra work of rehabilitating and completing the project “together with the temporary break in all work due to COVID has added to the overall duration. We understand the importance and impact on the school and are committed to completing this vital work by the end of next year.”

Parents said the completion could not happen quickly enough.

“We’re concerned about the safety of the students and adults who work here,” Greer said.

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