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Local Law 11 Facade Repairs, Alumni Hall, 33 Third Avenue

NYU will be undertaking standard Local Law 11 repairs to the facade of 33 Third Avenue, Alumni Hall.


Information for Neighbors


Project Timeline


  • The project is scheduled from June to August, 2014.
  • Work will begin with the installation of sidewalk bridging.

Scope of Work


Project Details

  • Facade repairs will require the occasional grinding and removal of mortar and masonry. This work is done with small hand tools and will create some noise. A minimal amount of dust will be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work.
  • Sidewalk bridging will be installed along Third Avenue (between 9th and 10th Street) extending 20 feet past our building on the south side of 10th street, on the north side of 9th Street (between 3rd Avenue and Stuyvesant Street), and to the west side of Stuyvesant Street (between 9th Street and 10th Street) extending 20 feet past our building.
  • As with most Local Law 11 work, contractors will use a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building.
  • If any asbestos containing material, or ACM, is detected in the mastic that lies behind the brick facade, contractors will implement safe abatement protocols to securely dispose of it. Contractors can only detect ACMs when they removed bricks; if they discover any, they will safely handle, remove, and bag the material, whereupon it will be transported to a protected ACM disposal unit.

What is Local Law 11?

  • Local Law 11 is a New York City Department of Buildings statute that requires facades maintenance on buildings of six or more stories every five years. First, a certified architect or engineer determines whether potentially dangerous deterioration has occurred on a building's exterior faces. The contractor then files recommendations with the city. Finally, the building owner schedules the necessary facade work and is required to complete it in a timely manner.
  • Local Law 11 work generally involves replacing masonry elements such as terra cotta, limestone, cast stone, and bricks; applying new mortar, caulking, and sealant; and patching spalled masonry. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect, rather than occurring over an entire building face. All of a building’s exterior walls are assessed for maintenance needs.

Updates and Announcements


Construction Update, November 25, 2014

The repairs have been inspected and the removal of scaffolding has begun. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in early December, weather and field conditions permitting.

Construction Update, September 15, 2014

All major repairs have been completed. Scaffolding removal will begin following inspection by the City of New York.

Construction Update, August 11, 2014

Work continues through the end of August. Sidewalk bridging is scheduled to be dismantlled in September.

Construction Update, July 21, 2014

Saturday work has been scheduled for the remainder of the project, which is due to finish by the end of August. Saturday work hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.  

Construction Update, July 10, 2014

Work is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Construction Update, June 9, 2014

The project timeline has been established and work has begun.


Image copyright Peter Morgan.

Work hours


  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday
    9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Latest News

November 25 2014

Scaffolding removal has begun.

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