Report: CB3 Has Highest Number of Trash-Strewn Stalled Construction Sites

The D.O.B.’s map of stalled construction sites as of July.

In an effort to promote alternative uses of construction sites (for instance, those containers-as-canvases on East Fourth Street), Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has issued what a press release says is an unprecedented survey of stalled construction sites across Manhattan. The study found that of 129 stalled sites visited in June, Community Board 3 (which includes the East Village, the Lower East Side, and a part of Chinatown) had the second highest number of stalled sites, with 19. Out of 12 community districts, it also had the highest number of sites behind plywood (13), and the highest number of sites showing evidence of significant litter or dumping (5). The report noted that two thirds of Manhattan’s stalled sites showed signs of vandalism, using a photograph of a lot on Eighth Street as an example.

The report cited the Lower East Side’s Timeshare Backyard as an example of an alternative use for stalled sites. “New York should be encouraging such projects and follow the lead of cities like Seattle, which have passed laws that streamline approvals for temporary uses,” Mr. Stringer was quoted as saying in the press release. “Imagine a city where stalled construction sites are not simply inactive, dead vacant lots, but one where they boost the health and vitality of a neighborhood.  That’s the kind of sidewalk renaissance we need in New York City.”

The complete report, “Arrested Development: Breathing New Life Into Stalled Construction Sites,” is available on Scribd, via Scott Stringer’s Website.