Buddha's Curse Strikes Again at Construction Site

Some say a series of incidents at a construction site can be tied to one ominous event.

📅   Fri February 19, 2016 - Northeast Edition


The city slapped a controversial developer on Pleasant Avenue with a partial stop work order after nails, tools and trash from the site began falling into neighboring back yards,records sho
The city slapped a controversial developer on Pleasant Avenue with a partial stop work order after nails, tools and trash from the site began falling into neighboring back yards,records sho

The website DNAInfo.com is reporting in East Harlem, New York, the curse of the Buddha strikes again.

The city slapped a controversial developer on Pleasant Avenue with a partial stop work order after nails, tools and trash from the site began falling into neighboring back yards,records show.

Eugene Rodriguez who lives behind the 329 Pleasant Ave. site, cursed the project Oct. 2015 after crews decapitated a statue of Buddha that protected his garden in October 2014. Since then, the site has had three stop work orders and a botched concrete pour.

"The curse is getting stronger," Rodriguez said.

The owner, HAP Investment Developers, is working to lift the stop work order and continue with their project.

“Our general contractor on 329 Pleasant is in full compliance with all DOB rules and regulations, and HAP Investments is fully aware of the current situation,” spokesman Alan Segan said. “We have called for a re-inspection today to have the partial stop work order lifted. We are confident that upon re-inspection the partial stop work order will be lifted.”

The development has been controversial from the beginning, with the oddly colored balconies which were later changed, to multiple stop work orders, damage in neighboring back yards, and a severed Buddha statue in Rodriguez's yard.

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