Help Save Landmarked 43 MacDougal Street
43 MacDougal Street is a landmarked 1846 house located within the King-Charlton-VanDam Historic District. For several years this beautiful and historic structure has been neglected and virtually abandoned by its owner. It has been left open to the elements, allowing months of rain and snow to collect inside; its windows and storefront have been left open, allowing free access for criminal activity, waste dumping, and vermin; it has become a health and safety hazard for neighbors; and the building itself is in danger of losing its landmarked qualities.
GVSHP and neighbors have been pushing city agencies to take decisive action to resolve this ongoing and worsening problem. This has helped result in over $120,000 in fines against the owner, violations served by multiple city agencies, rat baiting, and the city sealing the building and erecting a safety bridge around it to protect passersby. See the photos and chronology of events >>
However, the owner continues to ignore the fines and violations from the city, conditions continue to worsen, and the stop-gap measures by the city create almost as many problems as they solve. GVSHP is urging the city to take decisive action to cure this problem once and for all, before someone is hurt and/or the landmarked building is irreversibly damaged. We are calling upon the city to initiate a “demolition by neglect” case against the owner (which would force complete repair of the building), and/or to repair the building and bill the owner.
HOW TO HELP
Write Mayor Bloomberg asking the city to take decisive action to save 43 MacDougal Street >>