Developers in Rye are out of control.
Several weeks ago, I wandered into my backyard to view into the project on the back abutting property (351 Park Avenue). There had been a lot of construction noise that afternoon, not a surprise, but what I saw certainly was a surprise. A rude one..
(PHOTO: Our tree, on our property, massacred by the developer next door.)
We are lucky enough to have a Rockefeller Center worthy evergreen tree in the back corner of our yard. The branches of the tree definitely reached beyond our yard into the abutting property. It hardly seems logical, but it was within the developer's discretion to trim those branches.
It is sad that developers think it is OK to cut down so many trees and that Rye City permits this, but that is a discussion for another day.
What happened in our case? A clear violation of property rights.
The developer came onto our property (unmistakably our property) and cut the branches all the way back to the trunk of the tree.
I called the Rye City building department who told me the issue was between me and "my neighbor" and if there was a problem I should "sue him". Instead I asked for a phone number…
Next I called the developer, Roger Paganelli of P&I, or Paganelli & Iguanti. Other than throwing his subcontractor under the bus (not a good argument, by the way, as it is his building site), he was entirely pleasant. He assured me it was a mistake, and that he would plant plenty of greenery in the area of the tree massacre.
The construction was (and is) ongoing, I gave him the benefit of the doubt, and moved on. No one could glue back together our beautiful tree and I accepted Mr. Paganelli at his word.
Several weeks passed.
Then I feel my house shake. Pounding.
Yep. you are correct.
(PHOTO: The soothing sounds (not!) of a rock chipper.)
The developer is at it again, this time with a rock chipper. LOUD. POUNDING. LOUD. POUNDING.
I call the Rye City building department, and spoke with a very pleasant city employee (thank you!). The builder has no permit to rock chip. The city employee agrees that the builders are out of control, that they do not follow rules…
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, shame on Rye City.
We live by the rule of law the last I checked. It is the basis of a civil society.
And this is not civil.
What do you think? Leave a comment below.
And if you see something, say something: Rye City building department phone # is (914) 967-7372.
And write a letter with all the details to MyRye.com.