The Snowy Perils of CitizenM on the Bowery
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The ascending CitizenM hotel is not the best neighbor on the Bowery, it seems. Notwithstanding its nineteen-story height.
First the sidewalk is seized and relocated to the street. Now, during its everlasting construction period, contractors routinely block pedestrian passage in this makeshift walkway for extended periods of time. Northbound traffic is also snarled on a daily basis due to site deliveries.
This is the snow mound outside the CitizenM project site on the Bowery. As you can see, it completely blocks the crosswalk. Neighbors in the vicinity tell us that snow was removed from the entrance and dumped into the terminus of Spring Street. So that the construction deliveres could continue.
As previously reported, the company tasked with erecting the nineteen-story phallus is the notorious Rinadi Group. You’ll recall that their license was recently suspended after an investigation into the death of a construction worker at the Riu Hotel job site on West 46th Street. Christian Ginesi, a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran, was killed May 5 when he tried to evacuate a stalled elevator 24 flights up; he plunged to his death. As a result, permits were revoked and work halted at Rinaldi’s seventeen city sites.
That hasn’t stopped progress here.