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    sorry ...i don't see any

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    Me either .

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    You wouldn't.

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    On topic: Nothing is happening here.

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    My apologies for perpetuating this slow torturous car wreck but I can't stop myself from looking.


    *The following information was last updated on November 19, 2009.

    Abatement:

    Abatement is complete on all floors and the basement.
    Deconstruction:

    Contractor Bovis Lend Lease received demolition permits from the city DOB on October 20, 2009
    The contractor mobilzed deconstruction equipment on November 2, 2009, with actual demolition underway as of November 16th
    The new projected end date of deconstruction will be posted here upon announcement
    Crews completed replacing protective netting and portions of plywood in preparation for deconstruction in mid-October
    LMDC posted the approved Implementation Plan for Deconstruction and the Environment, Health, Safety and Emergency Action Plan, at http://www.renewnyc.com/plan_des_dev...ction_plan.asp.

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    Deutsche Bank demolition has begun

    Work started on Monday.



    The former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. as it looked earlier this month, swathed in fire retardant netting. (Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)

    At last, the demolition of the former Deutsche Bank at 130 Liberty St. has begun. According to John De Libero, a spokesman for the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. (LMDC), which owns the building, "Demolition is ongoing on the 26th floor of the building. The east side steel is being removed."

    The building was irreparably damaged on Sept. 11, 2001 and since then has been plagued by accidents, delays, stop work orders, corruption charges and a fire that killed two firemen in August 2007. The most recent accident occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 10, when a wrench fell from an upper floor of the building and struck a workman in the knee.

    Demolition was supposed to start on Wednesday, Nov. 11, but was delayed because one of the scissors cranes wasn't delivered on time and that held back certification for Department of Buildings scissor crane operator training.

    Prior to Monday, the 26th floor was already half demolished, so Mr. De Libero speculated that the remaining half might be gone by Monday, Nov. 23. However, he said, "I don't know how long it's going to take to do a full floor at this point because it's still a new process."

    The work on the project starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., from Monday through Saturday.

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    11/20/09

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    A Whistle-Blower Say His Concerns About Safety Were Met With Scorn

    By CHARLES V. BAGLI

    Marshal Greenberg is an odd, unlikely whistle-blower.

    The son of an accused organized crime associate, he earned more than $100,000 a year operating the elevator that ferried workers and supplies up and down the exterior of the former Deutsche Bank building during its troubled demolition.

    He was hefty and heavily tattooed, a middle-aged man with a cushy job, a powerful father and a host of compelling reasons to keep his head down and his mouth shut.

    Instead Mr. Greenberg embraced his job with a Barney Fife kind of zeal. He photographed unsafe conditions at the Manhattan building. He reported dangerous practices to supervisors and safety inspectors.

    Smoking near compressors. Shot glasses left behind at a work station. Drug use. Stealing.

    “Everybody has a right to work in a safe environment,” Mr. Greenberg said.

    “I was careful. That’s my job.”

    For his efforts, Mr. Greenberg says, union co-workers and construction supervisors threatened and abused him, ridiculed his size, his skin condition and his chatty way with government regulators.

    And after a fire at the building in 2007 killed two firefighters, someone even fingered him as an arsonist. For days, investigators treated him like the prime suspect.

    Actually, the blaze was caused by careless smoking, like the kind Mr. Greenberg had reported, investigators concluded, and the firefighters’ deaths were blamed on unsafe conditions, like a standpipe that was dismantled. Two construction supervisors have been accused of criminal negligence in the deaths.

    But Mr. Greenberg says he does not feel vindicated, only shunned.

    Long a member of the Operating Engineers Local 14, who is credited with saving a woman on the day of the fire, Mr. Greenberg says he is now an outcast: unwelcome at his old job, unable to find work at any other.

    “I’m treated like public enemy No. 1, all because I did the right thing,” Mr. Greenberg, 39, said.

    He is suing the contractors who employed him, Bovis Lend Lease and the John Galt Corporation, accusing them of retaliating against him for telling the truth. Bovis, in court papers, has denied his claims. Galt has yet to file its court papers, and declined comment.

    But in interviews, a safety inspector from the job, an investigator affiliated with the inquiry by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, an integrity monitor for the project and several co-workers corroborated much of Mr. Greenberg’s account, including his safety concerns and the harassment he suffered.

    “They thought he opened his mouth,” said Rodney Bettis, a fire-watch officer who worked at the building. He described the abuse Mr. Greenberg suffered as “pretty constant.”

    Mr. Greenberg entered the construction industry 10 years ago with the help of his father, Harold Greenberg, a notorious figure in the demolition industry who has prior convictions for bribing an inspector and bid rigging. As an operating engineer, his son, Marshal, was in line for some of the highest paid union jobs in construction. Initially he worked for his father’s companies.

    In 2005, when the Deutsche Bank demolition began, a company associated with the elder Mr. Greenberg, Safeway, was hired by Bovis to strip away hazardous materials at the site. But the company was soon dropped, in part because of concerns about Harold Greenberg’s role and in part because of an accident at an unrelated construction site.

    Bovis replaced Safeway with John Galt, a company that had little experience but whose leaders included two former Safeway executives.

    Marshal Greenberg went to work for Galt in 2006, assigned to operate one of four hoists, or elevators, at the building. It was the first time he had taken a job outside his father’s purview.

    The demolition of the bank building, which had been heavily damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, became the most heavily regulated project in the city. Officials believed the building was filled with a toxic stew of contaminants that would have to be abated before demolition could proceed.

    Critics said that despite these concerns, the army of city, state and federal regulators who visited the site every day failed to discover wrongdoing until it was too late. Marshal Greenberg, however, contends that the actual problem was a pervasive atmosphere of secrecy and deceit at the job site.

    “A lot of things were hidden from them,” he said.

    For example, he said, only weeks after he started, his supervisors told him to bark a warning — “Coffee order coming up” — into his radio every time he spotted inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Labor Department, the city’s Buildings Department, or the monitors who were charged with weeding out corruption at the site.

    Mr. Greenberg said he was warned to shun the regulators when they visited, which was daily. Indeed, in one incident, five months before the fatal fire, Galt reprimanded Mr. Greenberg for “unauthorized fraternization with official regulators” and told him that the company’s goal was to “keep all conversations in house,” according to a copy of the memo he received from the company.

    “It is absolutely imperative that you do not communicate with regulatory agencies,” said the March 14, 2007, memo to Mr. Greenberg, who refused to sign it. “This behavior will not be tolerated.”

    Yet when Mr. Greenberg complained to executives from Bovis and Galt about safety violations, including smoking near open gas cans and improper handling of potentially hazardous materials, he said he was ignored.

    “They just wanted to get the job done,” he said. “They could care less about safety.”

    His co-workers were worse, according to his lawsuit. They called him a rat and a “fat Jew” in graffiti scrawled across the port-a-pottys, he said, urinated in his hard hat and sealed him inside a closet with duct tape positioned to form a swastika. All because he said he tried to address dangerous practices that led to unsafe conditions, like the fires that repeatedly flared up at the building in the weeks before the fatal blaze.

    The Manhattan district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, said in a report last year that none of the fires was reported as required.

    The fatal fire erupted on a Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, just as Mr. Greenberg’s overtime shift was ending. A frantic call came over his radio from Paula Sanchez, a worker stuck on the 18th floor. Mr. Greenberg took his elevator up to get her, ascending in his open-air cage past the flames and thick smoke on the 17th floor. Fiery debris fell around him as he rose.

    When he finally reached Ms. Sanchez, she begged him to take her to the 19th floor so she could retrieve her pocketbook. He did, but as they descended back past the fire, the elevator balked and trembled. “I put my hand on Marshal’s,” Ms. Sanchez recalled. “I said, ‘I don’t want to die.’ ”

    The elevator started moving again, and finally reached the ground, Ms. Sanchez said.

    “I say, ‘Marshal, I give you a hug. Thank you, for bringing me down,’ ” she recalled. “He saved me."

    Quickly, though, Mr. Greenberg went from hero to suspect. A supervisor, he said, showed fire marshals some graffiti Mr. Greenberg had written on a port-a-potty wall months earlier: “This job is going to burn in hell,” it said.

    Mr. Greenberg said he had written it in response to anti-Semitic slurs written on the same walls. But the supervisor behaved as if they had just discovered the graffiti, he said.

    Investigators searched Mr. Greenberg’s car and his home in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, before the fire marshals concluded he had had nothing to do with the fire. Investigators later determined it was caused by a cigarette discarded on the 17th floor.

    Mr. Greenberg’s travails did not end there. Initially, he said, a Galt supervisor told him that he would never work again, and when he complained to union officials, he was ignored. Then he went though a bout of depression for a few months but ultimately returned to work in April 2008, employed by the contractor who replaced Galt.

    Mr. Greenberg said the harassment by co-workers also resumed. He sent in a steady stream of written complaints about safety violations and harassment to Bovis before he was placed on paid administrative leave in October 2008 for several months. Since May he has been unemployed, unable to get work through his union, he says. Workers with less seniority continue to operate the elevators at jobs across the city, he maintains.
    “I want closure and justice for me, the girl I brought down, and the families of the firefighters,” he said. “I want my job. I want to work.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/ny...er=rss&emc=rss

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    "earned more than $100,000 a year operating the elevator "
    really now...

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    So how there been any floor taken down or anything?!!?!

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    Yes, they have taken a good amount of steel apart and down already in the last few days. Based on the current pace (pending another stop order), this should come down quickly like Fiterman Hall once that got started....

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    Quote Originally Posted by westmc9th View Post
    So how there been any floor taken down or anything?!!?!
    I believe they are still on the same floor they started on. I get a good view of this from my office window.

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    Up there smokin' and drinkin', no doubt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaffster View Post
    I believe they are still on the same floor they started on. I get a good view of this from my office window.
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