The Board of Standards and Appeals ordered that developer Ben Shaoul remove a controversial seventh-floor penthouse at 515 East 5th Street in the East Village.
Shaoul received 60 days to finish demolition of the penthouse. The board will then decide whether to approve the zoning variances needed for the sixth floor to remain. After completing the addition in 2007, Shaoul ran into trouble with the Board of Standards and Appeals, which reversed the 2006 Department of Buildings ruling allowing the additional two floors, as previously reported. [more]