…Our campaign against Boymelgreen began when several workers contacted us about not receiving overtime pay. The workers were also concerned about jobsite safety after a wall collapsed on one of Boymelgreen's projects. Boymelgreen’s long, checkered history of dangerous construction and unfair labor practices soon became clear.
Boymelgreen’s projects are manned by underpaid workers laboring in dangerous conditions. Poor construction management resulted in accidents, serious injuries, and poor craftsmanship . Boymelgreen, his employees and his company are also accused of racial and gender discrimination in a federal lawsuit.
Boymelgreen generally builds high-rise, luxury condos that benefit from tax abatements; yet he has a reputation for not creating any affordable housing. His pricy apartments displace the local low- and moderate-income families and destroy the unique character of Brooklyn.
The website claims the following (fotnotes can be viewed at the website):
Underpaid workers. Construction workers at Boymelgreen's projects earn $10 an hour, a fraction of prevailing wage (7).
Unpaid overtime. Two-hundred construction workers filed a class action lawsuit against Boymelgreen for failing to pay three years of overtime wages. The New York Attorney General is investigat[ing] the claim. (7, 8)
Racial and gender discrimination. After being forced out of their jobs Boymelgreen's only black office employees filed a lawsuit under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit against Boymelgreen Development claims Israel Vraneski, head of Boymelgreen's Human Resources, and Altina Klapija, an accountant, perpetrated acts of race and gender discrimination ranging from assault to harassment. (9).
Unsafe Construction and more, after the jump …
Construction accident, wall collapse. Niulka Almazar and her infant son settled a negligence lawsuit with Boymelgreen and his associates for a total of $2,000,000 after a backhoe accidentally demolished a wall and buried the pedestrians at City View Gardens, in Brooklyn. After witnesses and rescue workers unburied the mother and child, both were hospitalized as critical patients (10, 11).
Construction accident, wall collapse. In August 2006 at 75 Smith Street, a Boymelgreen development, another wall accidentally collapsed. This time no bystanders were hurt (7).
Continued public hazard. Boymelgreen's constructions projects are a continued public hazard. Boymelgreen has violations with the Department of Buildings for failing to safeguard adjacent or public property (DOB) at:
23 Wall Street (Manhattan) (12)
60 Spring Street (Manhattan) (13)
Park Slope Tower (343 4th Avenue, Brooklyn) (14)
Beacon Towers (85 Adams Street, Brooklyn) (15)
The Smith (75 Smith Street, Brooklyn) (16).
Falling construction debris. Two separate lawsuits were filed against Boymelgreen's development at 60 Spring Street and another at Atlantic Court (295 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) for the continual, unsafe management of construction debris.
According to one complaint, "during the course of the construction project, debris, including chunks of concrete, bricks, dirt, construction hardhats, drink bottles, and various other objects and construction materials" fell on adjacent properties, including the building roofs (17).
The disruption at neighboring 23 Cleveland Place was allegedly so great, tenets felt unsafe and many vacated the property (17).
Boymelgreen and his associates eventually settled the dispute with one neighboring building by paying $37,5000 in damages (17).
Dirt and other construction debris continued to allegedly fall into the garden of Le Jardin Bistro, a restaurant neighboring 60 Spring Street, months after Boymelgreen's company promised construction would be complete. This was a danger to restaurant workers and patrons. The legal complaint asserted falling debris damaged the garden, including the vineyard and supporting frames (18).
Construction debris from Boymelgreen's Atlantic Court project was allegedly dumped onto the roof of 305 Atlantic Avenue, damaging the rain removal scuppers and drains and causing interior water damage. Building owner Adam Realty Corporation is suing for $1,000,000 in damages (19).
Faulty and dangerous excavation. At three separate locations, Boymelgreen's company's excavation practices have either been cited unsafe or allegedly damaged the buildings on adjacent properties.
Failure to shore, support, brace or buttress the foundation during the 4-story excavation of Atlantic Court damaged the foundation of 305 Atlantic Avenue. Building owner Adam Realty sued for $3,000,000 in damages (19).
Excavation work at Boymelgreen's City View Gardens (305 - 313 Third Street, Brooklyn) allegedly caused over $500,000 worth of damage to the adjoining property owned by Park Slope Management, LLC (20).
Boymelgreen paid $1,000 in fines for failing to protect the sides of an excavation at Beacons Towers (85 Adams Street, Brooklyn) (21).
Failure to maintain safe work environment. Boymelgreen's projects have been cited as dangerously under-maintained and a hazard to his workers and other people on the premises.
Thomas Hogan is a New York City firefighter who responded to Boymelgreen's 60 Spring Street project after a welder accidentally started a fire. He fell down during the course of his duty and his injuries were exasperated by the construction debris that cluttered a stairwell (22).
At two of Boymelgreen's Brooklyn projects, Park Slope Tower (343 Fourth Avenue) and Coney on the Park (346 Coney Island Avenue) the New York City Department of Buildings has issued fines for poor housekeeping and hazardous building maintenance (23, 24).
Shoddy Construction Work
Dissatisfied condo owners. The Attorney General mediated a settlement between Boymelgreen and the owners of his Park Slope Estates, after the condo board filed complaints about water leaks and other construction problems (7).
Shoddy work. An engineering report compiled by Ismael Levya Architect, PC explains that brickwork was flaking and cracked at 60 Spring Street, a Manhattan Boymelgreen project. (25).
Shoddy work. Poor roof construction at 318 Albany Avenue in Brooklyn allegedly resulted in leaks and $60,132.27 of water damage to drywall, custom cabinetry, and Brazilian walnut flooring (26).
Shoddy work. The wrong air-conditioning systems were installed in three Boymelgreen projects in Brooklyn. (7).
Dissatisfied condo owners. An informal survey of condo owners who purchased their homes from Boymelgreen found that:
75% suffered water damage in their apartments
58% complained windows were improperly installed or sealed
58% responded floors were improperly laid
50% complained about inadequate sound insulation
50% experienced problems with their original appliances (27).…