Good news: You may soon be getting less calls from flustered delivery boys asking you where the hell your building is. A new law puts stiffer fines on landlords who fail to clearly display street addresses. Never again will you arrive 15 minutes late to a job interview or audition because the building was too cool for a number and, damn, there goes your dream gig at Hunkamania.
Speaking of hunks, it was actually firefighters that Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer had in mind when she first introduced this bill way back in 2004. She worried, in City Council testimony last year, that “first responders, such as the Police and Fire Departments, and Emergency Medical Services, as well as volunteer ambulance organizations such as Hatzoloh, may unnecessarily waste critical time locating buildings whose numbers are not posted, or waiting for a person calling in an emergency to locate an exact building address.”
But let’s face it, buildings that don’t fly their digits are annoying to all of us. And there are quite a few of them: In 2010, the Borough President’s office found that just under 50% of buildings on Greenwich Street, between Murray and Spring Streets, displayed their addresses, among numerous other examples.
Brewer and the bill’s co-sponsor, Council Member Jumaane Williams, are hoping building owners will be less “numbers schmumbers” about this once fines are upped to $250 after a 30-day notice period, plus $50 per day of non-compliance (they were previously $25, plus $5 per day). What’s more, labyrinthian complexes such as public housing developments will now be required to post addresses over every single entrance used by pedestrians.
The city’s faux speakeasy owners are no doubt cowering in fear…