Storm Kings

Storm Kings

For most of us, the fierce nor’easter that clobbered New York on January 23 was a minor inconvenience: a little more jetsam whirling through the streets, an extra button done up on a jacket. Not for building super Sergio Ochoa and porter Juan Gomez–they had to confront the storm head-on. Around 10:30 that night, elevator operator Flavio Perez noticed water in the rear elevator. Sergio and Juan suited up and carried a ladder and some rope out on the dark roof to inspect the giant skylight over the rear elevator shaft. Finding water blowing in through a faulty caulking, they wrestled a heavy plastic tarpaulin into place over the shaft and lashed it down like sailors on a windswept sea. An inspection of all the caulkings around the building’s seven skylights is under way.

2017-03-05T12:26:22+00:00