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      January 13, 2020

      Keeping Sidewalk Sheds in Check

      The shed as canvas: “Breathing Wall” by Monika Bravo. Photo: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs


      Last July, we shared a celebratory post when the scaffolding and sidewalk shed on the Sun Building (280 Broadway) started to come down after 11 years of obscuring the National Historic Landmark. Penelope Green’s recent article in the New York Times explores scaffolding and sheds as essential protection for pedestrians but also as a quirky feature of the New York streetscape and the “City’s biggest canvas,” inspiring artists and designers. Fascinating as these ubiquitous, utilitarian structures may be, we have one goal: to see them come down as soon as possible.

      Our systematic approach to inspection and restoration of building envelopes gets each project completed, the shed dismantled, and sidewalk unobstructed as rapidly as possible. Moreover, we strive to keep building owners informed on the evolving requirements of New York’s Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) to help them identify envelope issues early and stay ahead of the inspection curve, keeping the need for long-term sheds in check.

      This section of scaffolding offers a local raptor a place to rest his head.

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