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Brownstoner July 31, 2013 at 10:53 am

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Sidewalks May 23, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Sidewalk violation in LPC district


I am the “lucky” recipient of a DOT sidewalk violation for having an uneven sidewalk. Finding a DOT approved contractor to fix the sidewalk is not a problem. However, the contractor told me to first get LPC approval. On reading the LPC guidelines, it appears I need a sign-off from a licensed architect or engineer. This sounds complete overkill for a sidewalk color patch job. I am wondering if anyone else has been through the LPC process for a minor sidewalk repair and did not require/submit a letter from an architect/engineer.

Many thanks

Sidewalks April 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I need sidewalk repair contractor for cement NOT BLUESTONE !

My neighbors and I between us own 4 properties on ATlantic Ave
and are looking for a good contractor to repair our sidewalks
They are cement/concrete NOT bluestone .
I have used Stone R Us but feel that this is a different kind of job.
Please give me your recommends ?

Sidewalks April 6, 2014 at 11:57 am

Bluestone slabs — I want them!

Trying to fix up the back yard with large bluestone slabs. Anyone got a few I can take off your hands for a fair price?

Thanks in advance,

Sidewalks April 1, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Getting the City to Plant a Tree

There is a tree pit with just a stump on my block, that is a serious dog shit magnet. Seems like people clean up a bit better if there’s an actual tree in a tree pit. How do I go about getting the city to dig up the stump (it’s pretty big; takes up most of the pit) and plant a tree? Any other suggestions for getting people to clean up after their dogs in this spot?

Sidewalks March 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

City spray painted marks on sidewalk??

Hello all!

The city came by a few weeks ago and spray painted various marks (mostly arrows) in various different colors on the sidewalk. Colors include green, white, blue, yellow, red and orange. Does anyone know what these marks are for or what the color-coding means?

No one (including me) seems to have actually seen what agency the workers were from, and a search of 311 didn’t turn anything up.

Sidewalks March 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Sidewalk concrete chip/spall repair

This season has been rough for our sidewalk. The sidewalk has chips everywhere and the concrete is only 3 years old. I blame myself since I was not able to find good deicer/salt during the many snowstorms we had.

Anyone know if there are preventive measures we can apply on the concrete that will help it from getting worst? Are there sealers that can be applied? My sidewalk went from looking smooth and flawless last fall to looking like a 15 yrs old sidewalk. Thanks in advance.

Sidewalks December 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

Sidewalk Repair


I was given a summons from the city regarding the condition of my sidewalk in front of my house. While the city will perform the repairs (~$10/sq. ft), I would hope an independent company might perform the work for less.

Anyone have any experience repairing a sidewalk? Recommendations?

M. Plunkett

Sidewalks April 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

ISO bluestone flags for sidewalk restoration

We are looking for 3 or 4 bluestone flags for Landmarks sidewalk restoration.  Must be 2″ thick at least and minimum 3ft x 3ft.  We are willing to pay a fair price.  If you have something sitting in your yard or know of a contractor that has a stash of these somewhere, please email us at park DOT pl DOT brownstone AT gmail DOT com.  Or reply here with your contact info and I will be in touch. 

Sidewalks February 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Another sidewalk post.

I have gotten a violation for my sidewalk bluestone buckling from our tree in front (it’s actually pretty severe). The parks dept came by to check it out, and where we would be accepted into their free sidewalk fix it program, they said the waiting list is 2 years long. My violation said it needs to be fixed in 45 days, or ‘they’ will fix it themselves and bill me. On one hand I think “let em fix it, they’ll do it right enough so it will get approved since it’s them doing it” but on the other hand I have bluestone, and for all I know they may take that out and pour concrete, or I just won’t have a lot of say aboiut what they do. Does anyone have a reccomendation for someone who does this? There are a couple other forum posts kind of about this, but some are a couple years old. Any info would be much appreciated-

Sidewalks February 28, 2013 at 10:24 am
Sidewalks January 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

Sidewalk repair on Clermont

What’s the story with the sidewalk repairs on Clermont btw Dekalb and Lafayatte?  Look’s like several house’s had their uneven sidewalks leveled at the same time.  Was this done by the city or did the homeowners organize this between themselves?  Who did they use and how much did it cost?

Sidewalks November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hazardous branch on a city tree in our yard

Hello, all,
There is a large mulberry in our front yard that is city-owned (they told me last year). It lost more branches during Irene, but unfortunately one pretty big one is broken but remains attached about 20 feet above the sidewalk. I’ve reported it to the city several times, but they are obviously stretched thin and I know there are many branches like this. I tried taping off the sidewalk but people just kept taking it down. Now I have a “hazard” sign up. I know this is the city’s responsibility, and if it didn’t come down in the NorEaster it must be well attached, but still I would feel terrible if someone got hurt. Does anyone have any advice?

Sidewalks November 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Type of bluestone for paving front yard?

I’ve hired a contractor to redo my front yard and stoop.  He’ll be repaving the (100 sq foot) yard with bluestone.  I had envisioned bluestone similar to the sidewalk paving stoned one sees around the neoghborhood, but the sample he showed me was more or less gray and also quite smooth.  I went to a local source recommended here on Brownstoned (Executech, in Red Hook) and found something a little better in color, and available in smooth and “cleft cut” finish.  I prefer a slightly more rugged finish, but the cleft-cut seemed more uneven than what I see around the neighborhood– it was hard to judge, but I hesitate to get something that might be impractical for paving a front yard.
Hence my question: Is there a particular finish, not ultra-smooth, that one uses for sidewalk or yard pavers?  Any local sources, especially for a medium blue color?   Is “cleft cut” in general appropriate?

Sidewalks September 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

ISO recommendations for bluestone walkway repair

The cement binding a portion of our bluestone walkway has broken down and washed away.  We are seeking a contractor to reset the bluestone, and would greatly appreciate recommendations.  Thanks so much.

Sidewalks September 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

Snow Removal in North Park Slope

Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations of somebody I could use for snow removal this winter?  I have a house in North Slope, but will not be around at all this winter.  I want to make sure the sidewalk and pathways for my tenants are shoveled and de-iced.  Any help appreciated.  Thanks!


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