I made my living ever since my university degree program was annihilated, by building or rebuilding houses. Often, several stories high or historical buildings as well as designing and building my mountain home (mostly by myself, working alone and with great help from friends and family during the harder parts of construction) and my specialty was doing very difficult jobs many builders avoid. Today’s news is about a house damaged by Hurricane Sandy in NYC and how the builders put a fully-built story on top of a half-built frame and this crushed the lower story.
As we can see from the pictures above, the complete top story that used to be a one story house, was being elevated on top of a new lower story so the house will be above the water in a hurricane, more or less. The weight of the top story is at least five or more likely eight times heavier than the base.
That is, it was utterly top heavy. The base was some flimsy 2x4s, not even 2×6 timber. My present house is made with wood we milled ourselves and is twice as thick as a standard 2×6 and these are not really 2×6, they are one and one half by five and one half pieces which is not the size of timbers of Victorian houses which use my own size of wood, the real size.
Supposedly, modern thinner wood is ‘superior’ to Victorian wood which has stood the test of time, it is really hard to knock down a Victorian house that hasn’t had serious roof or foundation damage. The building inspector actually gave me trouble about this so I said I would take him to court and win then my village can pay for my house. He backed down. It was pure logic.
I started off rebuilding Victorian brownstones in NYC. The building inspectors there back then were all crooks demanding bribes. One of these clowns, when inspecting my work, was pissed off that he found absolutely nothing but when he was leaving he said, in a triumphant voice, ‘Hey, you are missing a SCREW in your door handle’.
I whipped out my screw gun and a screw and fixed it. As he stormed off, I said, ‘I will have you arrested.’ And I did. This was back when I had to fight the entire city government to get police action on the streets, the streets swept regularly, pot holes fixed, paperwork processed. We ended up having a whole bunch of political crooks arrested by the FBI and Giuliani who was the Fed prosecutor back then.
Here we are yet again: this building should have been inspected by someone competent before the top story’s supports were removed. Instead, I am betting someone was paid off or perhaps the builders simply violated the laws and lowered the upper story unsafely due to not following proper building rules like the rule of gravity itself.
Someone should go to jail due to this event. Maybe, several people. NYC Recovery – Homeowners – Build It Back Programs – Rebuild is the program used to fund this rebuild. _Build_It_Back has rules.
To achieve Enterprise Green Communities Certification, all projects must achieve compliance with the Criteria’s mandatory measures and achieve 35 additional points. This overlay requires that projects achieve respective points in the measures required by the HPD as outlined in the checklist below.
Together, the mandatory criteria along with the HPD required criteria represent the minimum threshold for a project financed by HPD, and represent 25 points.
Projects must implement at least 10 additional points to comply with Enterprise’s certification threshold.
Projects can elect to go beyond this minimum set of criteria to meet the development goals of the project by selecting additional optional points beyond measures required by HPD.
Here are some of the rules:
2.1 Sensitive Site Protection
Do not locate new development, including buildings, built structures, roads, or other parking areas, on portions of sites that meet any of the following provisions:
• Land within 100 feet of wetlands, including isolated wetlands or streams
• Land on slope greater than 15%
• Land with prime soils, unique soils, or soils of state significance
• Public parkland
• Land that is specifically identified as habitat for any species on federal or
state threatened or endangered lists
• Land with elevation at or below the 100-year floodplain2: Location +
Most of NYC doesn’t follow any of these rules. Houses are built right next to the Atlantic Ocean on shifting sand, entire communities are on sand bars and formations left over from the last Ice Age! The most expensive houses tend to be right on the ocean front. Then there are other busy body rules. ‘Land with prime soils’ covers a lot of territory! Like most of Long Island, nearly all of Brooklyn and Queens which were once farmlands, too!
Wetland rules! Oh my, half of the housing in my town would be eliminated under that rule! Nearly all the pre-WWII housing here is right on the edge of rivers and streams! Then there is the ‘slope greater than 15%. My own very secure building with a fantastic foundation designed by myself and which is super thick, well girded with steel and so forth, is on a mountain slope that is so steep, if you get drunk and trip on the edge of the ‘grass pad’ surrounding my house, you will roll all the way down to the river below and hit Greenhollow Road on the way down except many trees would stop this from happening by you hitting them, all oak trees.
Worse, many ‘endangered species’ live with me on my mountain and visit me frequently and fly in and out and nest and give birth here. Perchance we should level Manhattan. When my ancestors came to Manhattan Island, it was all forest and fen and some natives lived there. Not one building of any sort aside from some flimsy huts and everything since has wrecked nature there.
These busy bodies are also global warmists and hate humans. They have new rules about development which has consequences:
2.5 Proximity to Services
Locate the project within:
• Urban /Small Cities: a 0.25-mile walk distance of at least two OR a 0.5-mile
walk distance of at least four of the list of facilities
• Suburban / Mid-Size Towns: a 0.5-mile walk distance of at least three OR a
1-mile walk distance of at least six of the list of facilities
• Rural / Tribal / Small Towns: two miles of at least two of the list of facilities
First off, 90% of the houses where I live in the ‘rural’ part of this state are more than five miles from any businesses. DELIBERATELY SO. A huge number of people here want privacy! Worse, my town of Berlin, NY, used to have all sorts of things like a bank, a car wash (that is on the edge of being eliminated) a hardware store, a full sized grocery store, etc. ALL gone when free trade hit us like a hammer blow. Then the majority of our service businesses vanished.
Except the gun store but they moved even further out of town now and are more than two miles away! I should tell the government this. HAHAHA. Our poor town is beginning to revive, not thanks to any government jerks. This bureaucracy fiddles while NYC burns interfering with things and fixing nothing.
Normally, when people build houses, businesses FOLLOW. Demanding one can only build where there are already businesses is stupid. On the other hand, what is feeding a lot of this moving is white flight fleeing black crime. Ahem, the verboten stuff.
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