Scaffolding is seen around buildings all over the city, with some even staying in place for decades. But thousands of them, according to a New York Times analysis, are not there for construction but because the buildings’s facades pose a danger to pedestrians.To get more news about facades architecture, you can visit official website.

According to the Times’s analysis, around 1,400 buildings (whose addresses are all listed in the Times’s website) across the five boroughs, are covered in scaffolding due to structural issues, including materials that could fall to the ground. A lot of them stay in place for years because some landlords routinely ignore violations and fines.

For instance, in 2001, the city issued a warning to a Bronx apartment building with a crumbling facade, saying that the playground outside the building’s day care center should close. But the facade’s issues persist today, while the landlord has ignored 19 violations and fines. Though the playground is still off-limits, the building’s structural issues persist, and in 2011, the city installed a scaffolding that still surrounds the structure to protect pedestrians.

Now, according to the Times, the Department of Buildings is looking to press criminal charges against owners of buildings with sheds in place for more than three years.