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Attorneys Breathe A Deep Sigh Of Collective Relief As Harlem Garage Closes

A Harlem garage that was a threat to lives and personal property closes, prompting New York construction injury attorney, David Perecman to wonder what just took so long.

New York, New York – July 27, 2009 – Authorities closed a Harlem parking garage at 154 W. 124th St. on Friday. The structure had once again been declared an “imminent danger to life” and New York construction accident attorneys wonder what took city officials so long to close it. Fifteen months ago, in April 2008, the order was to close the garage immediately.

According to the authorities who issued the vacate order, floor joists were rotted and overloaded, floors were sunken, and there was a lack or fireproofing among other major and minor problems. The garage was in danger of probable collapse from an overload of cars.

“Thankfully, they didn’t wait for a tragedy to happen before the Department of Buildings and the police took decisive action,” says David Perecman, a New York construction injury attorney who has seen his share of construction accident injury cases.

The garage was closed by police on July 10, 2009 after city officials received numerous calls fromNew York Daily News reporters seeking comment from on the many known violations.

The four-story structure was operated by NexGen Realty. People who parked their cars at the garage were charged around $200 a month or $9 a day to park there. There is space for 300 vehicles to park at the facility.

According to a representative from the Department of Consumer Affairs, NexGen Reality’s license to do business at the Harlem garage expired approximately a year ago. Department of Finance records from the city reveal that NexGen owes more than $112,000 in delinquent property taxes plus interest as of July 1.

The owner, who works out the Bronx, had consistently ignored many repeated orders to close the garage down. Since 1991, the pre-World War I building has received 80 violations. Of those, 60 remain active today. An owner of a building or part of a building has a liability and a legal responsibility to ensure that their building is safe.

Speaking from the point of view of both a lifelong resident of New York and as a construction accident attorney, Perecman says, “I am glad city officials took action. The Department of Buildings and the police should definitely make safety the top priority.”

Construction accident attorneys know that some of the most common defects in a structure declared “dangerous” include leaning and/or bulging walls, partial collapse, weakened or unstable structural members or appendages of a building, foundation crack, insufficient strength or fire resistance, or extensive water damage.

“Unsafe structures can cause extensive loss of property and life. In this case, I don’t think anyone would disagree, an ounce of prevention is worth hundreds of lawsuits handled by New York construction accident attorneys,” adds Perecman who’s Manhattan firm has handled numerous construction accident cases.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 25 years, the New York construction accident attorneys, personal injury, auto accident and medical malpractice attorneys at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have championed all types of cases for construction accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, is the past Secretary of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and a chair of its Labor Law Committee. Mr. Perecman’s achievements have brought him recognition as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition”.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict* for a construction accident, a $5.35 million dollar verdict** for an automobile accident, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice.

*later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
** later settled for $3.5 million
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