According to a NY Times article by Christopher Gray on January 2, 2000, Marcus Retter and his father-in-law, Charles Rosen a/k/a Chiel Rosenblatt, bought the 1890 Romananesque revival building at 101 West 85th Street, called the Brockholst, in 1956.
Although this was another building with a Stop Work Order, a complaint was filed on May 12, 2008 regarding an illegal renovation of apartment #4 on the 5th floor. Another surprise is the fact that there is no Complaint Disposition/Inspection History by the NYC DOB.
Meanwhile, Richard Eisenberg’s General Contractor, Eliot Gans, officially filed for a permit on June 18, 2008 to renovate apartment #5-4 as follows:
ALTERATION TYPE 2 – GEN.CONSTRUCTN.
RENOVATE APARTMENT REPLACE EXISTING FIXTURES IN EXISTING LOCS W/NEW ADD ONE HANFICAP ADAPTABLE BATHROOM INSTALL DROP CEILING THROUGOUT USING 2 2/1″ MTL STUB FRAMING RENOVATE EXISTING PARTITIONS W/ SHEETROCK RELOCATE KITCHEN AS SHOWN O N DRAWING FILED HEREWITH NO CAHNGE IN USE EGRESS OR OCCUPANCY [sic]
Here is what the dumpster in front of the Brockholst looked like on July 9, 2008:
Wow. The overflowing dumpster would seem to indicate a full “gut” demolition/renovation rather than what was filed. Hmmm…..
Meanwhile, the dust and debris in the building was unparalleled, not to mention the dislodging of vermin (waterbugs, mice, rats) formerly living behind the walls, and made it all the worse for children and numerous dogs and cats who live in the building.