Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. Stops The Frick From Building Access Door That Would Crowd The Beautiful Block With Massive Long Lines and Development
Earlier in 2022, a prominent family representing the homeowners of 71st Street hired Adam Leitman Bailey was told that the Frick had planned for a new entrance with American with Disabilities Accessibility on their block. The alleged plan was to the new entrances to allow for gatherings, catering services and event hall services which could possibly create lines and traffic and extra delivery trucks and food trucks lining up this tree-lined block.
Adam Leitman Bailey P.C. jumped into action. We visiting the site and grand information on the Frick’s plans by speaking to workers at the site and by studying the plans. We also learned that the Frick needed to raise money to survive and this outlet would allow them to raise extra revenue.
Adam Leitman Bailey drafted a letter for the community and with his team created a video showing the street with and without the commotion of a crowd. The letter was distributed at the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 regarding the American with Disabilities Ramp proposed by the Frick at the 71st Street entrance of the Frick Library.
At this appearance, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. advised the Transportation Committee that the Frick was improperly and disingenuously using the need to install an ADA ramp as a decoy for a ramp for its catering and event hall services. More importantly, he was given the chance to cross examine the architect in charge of the Frick construction on the Frick’s plans which demonstrated to the Community Board members that the Frick was being disingenuous and had not answered Adam Leitman Bailey’s truthfully.
Adam Leitman Bailey knew to go in more detail than explaining to the Committee that the ramp would result in a strew of food trucks along the quiet and pristine 71st Street, turning it another dirty and derelict space in the City. He challenged the Frick on why this ramp was not in their original plans. He challenged their claim that they were using the space a a library when no one could enter inside to check out a book. He showed the Community board members that the Frick had no intention of using this space for its stated purpose. He also educated the Committee of the safety issues to the public’s use of the sidewalk due the oversize of the ramp, which does not comply with the law. despite this resounding cross examination and presentation, the vote was not cast in a way to challenge the door in a way we could win. But the vote was close and the word spread quickly and the momentum gained.
With our letter and materials in hand, on February 15th, the full Community Board 8 met, and amended the resolution submitted by the Frick, and voted to approve the Frick’s ramp for the limited purpose of only allowing the ramp to be used during library hours and for operational needs only meaning that no ticket sales would take place nor catering nor parties would occur and the fake library that did not need the door in the first place would never be built.
The tree-lined block was saved from the food trucks, the lines of people, the delivery trucks and the blockage of the street by the small law firm that does not believe in no.