Elevated Levels of Lead Dust Detected in Rivington Street Building Undergoing Renovation
Elevated levels of lead dust were found in a Lower East Side property all too familiar with upscaling practices.
A concerned tenant alerted us that the controversial landlord of 210 Rivington Street, Ariel Soudry, is still busy renovating apartments more than five years after acquiring the tenement from Samy Mahfar. And that there have been “some construction practices that appear unsafe in the renovation of an old apartment.”
Findings conducted by a recent swab test show elevated tracings of lead dust in several locations around the building. As high as five times the legal limit. (See report below.)
“This [debris] should have all been bagged,” the tenant tells us. “The procedures should have also been posted in a Tenant Protection Plan, and posted on every floor, but wasn’t.”
Findings of this sort are by no means surprising here on the Lower East Side. By the latest count, at least a dozen neighborhood buildings were purportedly contaminated with lead dust over the last four years alone.
And for some perspective, Gothamist reported last fall that, while the city is there to fine offenders over lead contamination, it rarely enforces the edict. Fifteen years after the passage of legislation intended to end lead paint poisoning in children living in private residences, New York City has barely collected any of the approximately $2 million in fines racked up by landlords who violated these rules, according to the article.