UES Art Farm Closes After City Deems Building Unsafe

The business, which offers arts and nature programs for children, said another tenant in the building is to blame.

By Brendan Krisel, Patch National Staff |  | 

UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — The Art Farm NYC, an Upper East Side business that offers art and nature education programs for children, was forced to shut down this week after the city ordered its building to be vacated.

Business owners sent its customers a message saying that the city Department of Buildings deemed its East 91st Street building unsafebecause “there is too much weight being put on the levels above The Art Farm location and they are concerned for structural damage.” The email blamed a tenant located above the business as the culprit for the vacate order.

“We are currently working on the situation to secure a new location so that we can resume normal operations as soon as possible,” the message reads.

 

Business owners said that all the animals housed at the location have been removed from the building and that customers signed up for programs in the upcoming weeks will be contacted when the business finds a temporary space to hold events.

The Art Farm’s summer camp program run at the Trevor Day School will not be affected by the closure, the message reads.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding due to these very unfortunate circumstances beyond our control. We are committing to accommodating all clients, keeping all of our families, students and animals safe and truly hope to see you all soon,” business owners said in the message.

A DOB vacate order cites “excessive storage of combustible materials and personal effects,” on the building’s third, second and cellar floors. The excessive weight being put on the building is located on the rear first floor setback roof, which is “100 percent covered in debris, potted plants and vegetation,” according to the city record.

The Art Farm is run out of the building’s cellar. The Department of Buildings vacate order noted that the business has no secondary means of egress in case of an emergency. Patch tried calling the business, but the phone number listed on its website appears to have been disconnected.

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