Believe it or not, the scaffolding surrounding Raccuglia's Funeral home at 323 Court Street has been up for nearly 4 years. According to the NYC Department Of Building's web site, an application for the scaffolding was approved in May 2007. It has been renewed several times, but no work was ever performed on the place.
Over the years, local residents have wondered what was up, like fellow blogger Brooks of Sheffield over at Lost City, who remarked on it in late 2007 and in 2008.
And just a few days ago, I received an email from local residents J and J, who write:
Hello Miss PMFA,
Just was curious if you or any of your faithful readers know anything about the status of the scaffolding at Court and Sackett Sts surrounding Raccuglia's Funeral Home. My wife and I moved into the neighborhood over 4 years ago and there was only a short amount of time in which there was NOT unsightly scaffolding--and we have NEVER seen any work being done.
Is it to protect funeral goers from the rain? More than anything, it seems to attract teenagers to gather and drink beneath it in the summer ...Thanks! J&J
Good question! What exactly is the issue with the building, and why would it take four years to address it? Not that a funeral parlor is ever a happy place, but surely, the scaffolding makes it look sadder than it has to be, no?