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NYC Weekend Traffic Advisory, Friday, March 26, 2010 to Sunday, March 28, 2010

Manhattan
West 16th Street between 10th Avenue and 9th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 26th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 31st Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 43rd Street between 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 12:01am to 9am to facilitate crane operation.
East 46th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 46th Street between Madison Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue; Vanderbilt Avenue between East 46th Street and East 45th Street: These streets will be closed from 8pm Friday to 5am Monday to facilitate MTA East Side Access construction activity.
East 61st Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 97th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue: This street will be closed Sunday from 7am to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 102nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 9am to 5pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 214th Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Greene Street between Spring Street and Prince Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 7am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Warren Street between Route 9A/West and North End Avenue: This street will be closed from 10am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday to facilitate private construction activities.
Maiden Lane between Gold Street and William Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 7am through 10pm Sunday to facilitate crane operation.
Gold Street between Platt Street and Maiden Lane: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Liberty Street between Gold Street and Williams Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Maiden Lane between Gold Street and Pearl Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
34th Street and 35th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenues; Broadway between 34th Street and 36th Streets: These streets will be closed Sunday from 7am to 7pm for the 36th Annual Macy's Flower Show as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).
Formation: 41st Street between Park Avenue and 5th Avenue
Route: Madison Avenue between 41st Street and 26th Street
Dispersals: Madison Avenue between 25th Street and 26th Street
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 12 Noon to 2pm for the Persian Iranian Parade as permitted by NYPD.

Manhattan/Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge: One of three lanes eastbound to Brooklyn will be closed Saturday 6am to 2pm to facilitate NYCDOT bridge repairs.

Brooklyn
Union Street Bridge over Gowanus Canal: This bridge will be closed Saturday from 7am to 3pm to facilitate NYCDOT Bridge repair.
59th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Johnson Street between Adams Street and Jay Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Dekalb Avenue between Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Formation: Marine Avenue between 4th Avenue and 3rd Avenues; 4th Avenue between Marine Avenue and 95th Street
Route: 5th Avenue between 95th Street and 59th Street
Dispersal: 5th Avenue and 59th Street
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 1pm to 3pm for the Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Parade as permitted by NYPD.

NYC Weekend Traffic Advisory, Friday, March 19, 2010 to Sunday, March 21, 2010

Manhattan
East 9th Street between Avenue B and Avenue C: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 16th Street between 1st Avenue and Nathan Pearlman Place: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 16th Street between 9th Avenue and 8th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 6am to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 22nd Street between 11th Avenue and 10th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 7am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 29th Street between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate utility operation.
West 30th Street between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 32nd Street between 3rd Avenue and 2nd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 43rd Street between 8th Avenue and 7th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 12:01am to 9am to facilitate crane operation.
West 52nd Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 55th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 60th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 9am to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 62nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 1am to 10am to facilitate crane operation.
West 71st Street between Broadway and Columbus Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm and/or Sunday from 1pm to 7pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 78th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 80th Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
East 81st Street between York Avenue and East End Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 97th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
West 135th Street between Lenox Avenue and 5th Avenue: One lane in each direction will be maintained Saturday from 6am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Crosby Street between Broome Street and Spring Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Orchard Street between Stanton Street and East Houston Street: This street will be closed Saturday and/or Sunday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
MacDougal Street between West 3rd Street and West 4th Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Leonard Street between Lafayette Street and Broadway: This street will be closed 10pm Saturday through 9am Sunday to facilitate crane operation.
Leonard Street between Church Street and Broadway: This street will be closed 10pm Saturday through 9am Sunday to facilitate crane operation.
William Street between Beekman Street and Ann Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Beekman Street between William Street and Nassau Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm to facilitate crane operation.
Formation: Central Park
Route: 7th Avenue between Central Park South and 42nd Street; 42nd Street between 7th Avenue and West Side Highway; West Side Highway (northbound) between 42nd Street and 44th Street; West Side Highway (southbound) between 44th Street and Chambers Street
Dispersal: Chambers Street between West Street and Riverside Terrace; North End Avenue between Warren Street and Chambers Street; Riverside Terrace between Chambers Street and Vesey Street
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 6:45am to 11:30am for the NYC ½ Marathon as permitted by the Mayor's Street Activity Permit Office (SAPO).

Manhattan/Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge: One of three lanes eastbound to Brooklyn will be closed Saturday 6am to 2pm to facilitate NYCDOT bridge repairs.
Manhattan Bridge: One lane on the lower roadway westbound to Manhattan will be closed 7am to 2pm Saturday to facilitate NYCDOT bridge maintenance.

Brooklyn
Union Street Bridge over Gowanus Canal: This bridge will be closed Saturday from 7AM to 3PM to facilitate NYCDOT Bridge repair.
Albany Avenue between Atlantic Avenue Eastbound and Atlantic Avenue Westbound: This street will be closed 11pm Friday to 5am Monday to facilitate MTA viaduct rehabilitation work.
Dekalb Avenue between Lewis Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.
Formation: Prospect Park West between 9th Street and 15th Street
Route: 15th Street between Prospect Park West and 7th Avenue; 7th Avenue between 15th Street and Union Street; Union Street between 7th Avenue and Plaza Street West; Prospect Park West between President Street and 15th Street
Dispersal: 15th Street between Prospect Park West and 8th Avenue
The above streets will be closed Sunday from 12 Noon to 4pm for the Brooklyn Irish American Parade as permitted by NYPD.

Queens
199th Street between 93rd Avenue and Jamaica Avenue: This street will be closed from 6am Friday to 10am Monday to facilitate crane operation.

Bronx
Park Avenue between East 144th Street and East 149th Street: This street will be closed Friday from 10pm to 7am to facilitate crane operation.
Corlear Avenue between West 231st Street and West 230th Street: This street will be closed Saturday from 8am to 4pm to facilitate crane operation.

Hatch Shell in Crisp Early Spring, Boston

Spring always wins.

See complete set here.

How to Use the NYC Buildings Information System

The Gotham Gazette consistently publishes in-depth stories that no one else is writing about. Here's a story about illegal hotels:

The "Candy Hostel" (316 West 95th Street) on Manhattan's Upper West boasts of being New York City's "newest, sexiest, hippest and hottest boutique hostel." It offers amazingly cheap rates -- as low as $17 a night in a city where the average hotel charges $312 -- and only accepts payment in cash.

As alluring as that may be to tourists on a budget, the building, formally known as the Mount Royal, along with the nearby The Continental and Pennington are not as hospitable for long-time residents who call the single room occupancy buildings home.

"The city doesn’t protect us. What’s happening here is illegal," one man said. When asked to elaborate, he took a puff of his cigarette, then shook his head, and said that he could not comment any further because he was afraid of retaliation from his landlord.

EveryBlock has record of a permit that was disapproved at this location. EveryBlock NYC is awesome for quickly seeing the most recent permits granted, or all the demolitions, and so on. It's also the only place where you can see permits in context with other info on a particular block.

But when you really want to drill down into the history of a building according to the Department in charge of such things, you want to become a Buildings Information System ninja. The BIS from the NYC Department of Buildings has a crazy-ton of detailed information going back decades. This building serves a good example of the wealth of data exposed by NYC.

There are 25 different ways to search the system, and the easiest of them is #1:

Screen shot 2010-03-17 at 10.25.31 PM

Pick a borough, put in the house number, type the address, and hit "Go".  If you have a permit number, complaint number, or other details, you can roll that way, but Address is usually the best way to go, because you get a complete view of everything that the system knows about a building- the "Property Profile Overview". Here's the one for this building:

NYC Department of Buildings Property Profile Overview, 316 WEST 95 STREET

Here's a list of complaints lodged against the building. There are 41 going back to October 2002, when the complaint was "RENOVATION WORK ON ENTIRE BUILDING WITHOUT PERMITS". When the inspector (Badge # 047) got there, the determination was " NO VIOLATION WARRANTED FOR COMPLAINT AT TIME OF INSPECTION".

There are a lot of spot-on complaints about this place operating as an illegal hotel. Just last Friday, a complaint was filed and investigated on the same day. The complaint was "THERE ARE SEVERAL ROOMS AT THIS RESIDENTIAL BLDG THAT AREILLEGALLY BEING USED AS HOTEL RMS. THE ROOMS ARE RENTED TO TOURIST AND HOMELESS INDIVIDUAL SUBSIDIZED BY THE CITY.OPEN COMPL#1258909" and the disposition was "REFER TO MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT ", a department that apparently has a description and not much else.

Here's another complaint from last month:

CALLER REPORTING HALLWAY DOORS ARE BLOCKED BY CLEANINGEQUIPMENT FROM 2FL TO 7FL BETWEEN 11AM AND 5PM IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGCONVERTED TO HOTEL ROOMS

With a similar disposition:

G7 - COMPLAINT REFERRED TO MAYOR'S OFFICE OF SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT

That's just a history of complaints. Here's the history of DOB Violations. These relate to mechanical and architectural issues like bum boilers and issues with building facades.

Here is the history of EOB violations at the location. "EOB" stands for "Environment Control Board"– these are violations relating to "health, safety, and a clean environment". The most common ones are "FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ELEVATOR". Working without a permit is another no-no.

As you can imagine in a city as dense and tall as New York, elevator permits are a big deal. There is a separate page for that in the system as well.

So that's the basics. This building doesn't have an "illuminated sign" or "marquee" on it, because there are no permits for that.

Just for reference, here's the history of the enormous Walgreens sign at One Times Square. Apparently it was a Dow Jones sign in 1999. Stocks then, drugs now. Makes sense.

So here's the upshots:

I'll leave you with one final node in the city grid of time and space: the January 9, 1943 original Certificate of Occupancy for the "Candy Hostel" at 316 West 95th Street, a residential building that seems to be billing itself as a hostel:

"Twenty-Eight (28) rooms, Single Room Occupancy each story." And the city teems with life.

I Used to Own @mayordaley: The True Story of a Twitter Account

So I noticed today (via Greg Hinz) that the @mayordaley Twitter account had risen from a year and a half of silence. I've been waiting for this day for a while now.

I used to own the @mayordaley Twitter account. In fact, I started it on November 18, 2008, the same day I got wind of the Daily Daley, a clever blog that tracked our Mayor's movements. And a Twitter account, too.

At the time, I thought, "well, the Mayor himself should have a Twitter account". So I looked to see of he had one. He did not. So I made him one.

That day I wrote a note to someone I know in the Mayor's Office who might be interested in owning such a thing. I typed some pleasantries, and then got to the meat:

I took the opportunity to create an account on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/mayordaley
The Mayor could get a significant amount of mileage out of taking over this account.
The Mayor's staff could set it up so that it automatically publishes press releases, statements, and other communications.

Here is the login:

http://twitter.com/mayordaley
u: mayordaley
p: *************

The Mayor's staff could change the password on this account here: http://twitter.com/account/settings and take control of it.

Why did I do this? Because I love my city. And the 4-starred flag is waving behind me, and I'm in a boat on the Chicago River, cruising past the bend at the Sun-Times building, saluting. There's music. I think it's David Bowie or Elvis Costello or something. And the sun is shining. And we're all happy, tweeting Chicagoans.

I heard nothing back. So I did nothing. Tweeted nothing; followed no one.

Then last May I got a helpdesk-style nastygram from Twitter:

from: caroline <notifications-support@twitter.zendesk.com>
reply-to: Twitter Support <support+id300572@twitter.zendesk.com>
to: mayordaley_i <*******+daley@gmail.com>
date: Fri, May 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM
subject: Hi,We've received a com...
mailed-by: twitter.zendesk.com

caroline, May 15 03:07 pm:

Hi,

We've received a complaint from a representative of Mayor Daley. It has come to our attention that your Twitter account:

http://twitter.com/mayordaley

is in violation of our basic Terms of Service, specifically article 4 which mentions impersonation:

4. You must not abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate other Twitter users.

In this case "impersonation" is the issue. Impersonation is against our terms of service.

To settle this issue we've removed the account in order to eliminate confusion.

Please honor Twitter's Terms of Service accordingly. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Cheers,
Twitter Support

Please follow this link to update your ticket:
help.twitter.com/tickets/300572

Thanks!
Twitter Support

I wrote back, telling them I loved them, and my city (though I think I left out the part about the boat and the river), and that I in no way abused, harassed, threatened, impersonated or intimidated anyone. And that I'd be happy to give up the account to the current Mayor of the City of Chicago.

They canceled the account and gave it to the Mayor.

And finally this week he tweeted. Least he could do is follow me.

Wrigley Field Work: New Banners Out Front, Refreshed Scoreboard, New Billboard in Left Field, Batting Cage Improvement, New Umpire Dressing Room, and Redone Restrooms for Opening Day

So I've been doing some knocking around Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison), IRL and on the Internet, for a while now, and I have some things to report.

Since Wrigley Field is an historical landmark in Chicago, they have to get special landmark permits to do any work there. Here's a list of all landmark permits issued by the City of Chicago in January 2010.

Tonight I went to meeting of the East Lake View Neighbors (ELVN) to talk about EveryBlock and how it can be useful to them and other community-focused groups. Mike Lufrano of the Cubs front office also spoke, giving the neighbors an update on the upcoming season. He hinted at "festive design work for Opening Day and Opening Week" featuring the manager and players will be placed. He said this new stuff would be "design/ pictures/ banners" on the stadium.

I'm pretty sure this stuff will go here, above Gate F, right at the corner of Clark St. and Addison St.

Could go here as well:

Wrigley Field Work: Scaffolding at Gate D

I couldn't find a spot-on permit for this work, but there is a permit for the scoreboard. Permit # 2010--0024 has the following description:

Exterior: Scoreboard repairs and remove precast panels and install fencing and renovate sign on back of scoreboard as per Landmarks stamped plans dated 14 January 2010. Flagpole and lights on roof to remain in place during renovation. Metal letters to be salvaged and reinstalled. If letter are beyond repair, Historic Preservation staff to be notified immediately and approve fabrication of new letters. Neon tubes to be salvaged and reused.  New neon to match existing in color, dimension, location, and design. All removed elements to be salvaged and stored until the reinstallation is complete. Paint analysis to be submitted to Historic Preservation staff for review. New paint to match original subject to Historic Preservation staff review and approval. No other work allowed.

That's some specifics right there. Here's a view of the exterior of the scoreboard:

Wrigley Field Work: Scaffolding Behind the Bleachers, Sheffield and Waveland

Lufrano also mentioned a permit request for new sign in Left Field. He said (and for all you serious Wrigley watchers, I may be getting this wrong, so feel free to correct me) that the sign will be placed "in the only place where they don't have an agreement with owners" of rooftops across the street.

map of the Wrigley Field business licenses Oddly enough, you can see in a map of the Wrigley Field business licenses (yes, there is a special type of license issued by the City for Wrigley Field rooftops), there is a gap in left field, right between seven licenses and two other licenses. I'm guessing that's where the sign will go.

"It's all about the revenue", said Lufrano. He also said that the sign will be understated, much like "the Under Armor signs on the outfield doors". One reason he said that they are doing this is that the Cubs "the only team in baseball that gets zero public money."

He also mentioned an improved batting cage. He described a cramped, insufficient practice experience in the existing space, where a net comes down to protect a television set that the batter is hitting toward. Permit #100326340 covers "Interior only: Batting cage enclosure per Landmarks stamped plans dated 1/15/10. No exterior work permitted with ths". There are some spelling issues over there at the Landmarks permitting unit or with the permittee; not sure which one.

He didn't mention the umpire dressing room, which is covered under Permit #2010-15, with the description, "Interior only:  Convert existing storage room to umpire's locker room. No exterior alterations permitted with this approval."

Lastly, Lufrano also mentioned that they are doing work on the restrooms in the ballpark. He specifically called out adding capacity in the women's restrooms. Would love to get some opening day reports on that, because all I could find was Permit #100326273, calling for "Interiors only: Men's restroom renovation per Landmarks stamped plans dated 1/15/10. No exterior atlerations permitted with this approval." (sic)

If at this point you're sick of Wrigley Field and Chicago, take a gander at this kick-ass Brutalist bench in Boston:

Brutalist Bench in Boston

NEW FIERY GRIL7ED WINGS


NEW FIERY GRIL7ED WINGS, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

I like to take pictures of misspellings and freelance letter usage on the channel letter sign outside of the KFC/ Taco Bell on Irving Park Rd. at California (2800 West Irving Park Rd.)

See complete set here.

Lechner & Sons RFID Technology

Can't tell if this is a chip of evil or a chip of good.

Maybe The Best Painted Sign in the World


Bell & Sons Sign-- Detail, originally uploaded by juggernautco.

I tool this last year somewhere in West Humboldt Park-- can't remember the exact address.

The creator of this sign gets more done in the small space than any designer has a right to. It's a serious tour-de-force of info.

The Wall Doctors
Bell & Sons
DRYWALL FINISHERS
LICENSED & BONDED
(773) 392-6713 (773) 235-7113
We Will Tape The World
www.geocities.com/ebellboxer
Breeders of American Bulldogs & Oldie Bulldoggie
WWW.TRONDOGS.COM

IMAGES:
--Cityscape
--Man painting red
--Man with drywall trowel
--Businessman/ construction dude with drywall tape-style legs, covering the world, zip-style
--Bulldog with large bone in starburst

This is a detail.
See in context: www.flickr.com/photos/juggernautco/3235949651/

Winfield Mounds in fresh snowfall, Monday, February 22, 2010

Part of a continuing series (23 sets of photos in the same spot over the course of the last four years).

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
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Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.

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