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  • 515 East 5th Street

    Ben Shaoul and 515 East 5th Street

    The saga over Ben Shaoul’s controversial upper-floor additions at 515 East 5th Street in the East Village rumbles on – with listings for four studio apartments at the building appearing online despite not being authorized for occupancy. [more]

  • 30 Clarkson Street in the West Village

    30 Clarkson Street in the West Village

    Having received a sweet deal on a new location in Sunset Park, Koppers Chocolate is looking to convert its former factory and office in the West Village into a luxury condo building.

    Jeff Alexander, the chocolatier’s third-generation owner, is working with Summit Equities to obtain a variance from the city that would allow Koppers to convert the building at 39 Clarkson Street for residential use. [more]

  • Bergen Gardens multifamily complex in Brooklyn and James Nelson

    Bergen Gardens complex in Brooklyn and James Nelson

    Victor Gartenstein’s six-building Bergen Gardens multifamily complex and an adjacent commercial space in Brooklyn’s Bergen Beach neighborhood are on the market and asking $58 million.

    The portfolio features six apartment buildings – at 1061, 1073 and 1089 East 73rd Street and 1054, 1070 and 1086 Bergen Avenue – as well as a commercial retail pad site. The six walkup, garden-style buildings feature 144 residential units across roughly 168,000 square feet. [more]

  • 515 East 5th Street

    Ben Shaoul and 515 East 5th Street in the East Village

    The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals has given developer Ben Shaoul yet another deadline at the end of July to demolish an illegal penthouse addition at 515 East 5th Street in the East Village.

    The Magnum Real Estate Group head’s additions on the sixth and seventh floors of the property have proven highly contentious in recent years, drawing community ire due to statutes in the city’s Multiple Dwelling Law regarding safety and elevator requirements. [more]

  • 142 West 29th Street

    142 West 29th Street in Chelsea

    New Jersey-based investor Hasso Gulrajaney has filed plans for a new 15-story residential building at 142 West 29th Street in Chelsea, according to a permit application filed with the city’s Department of Buildings Wednesday.

    Gulrajaney, affiliated with Ratna Realty LLC, has owned the property, located between Sixth and Seventh avenues, for more than two decades. Plans call for 37 apartments across 26,690 square feet, as well as 3,209 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The filing does not specify whether the units would be rental or condos. [more]

  • 361 Central Park West

    Renderings of 361 Central Park West on the Upper West Side

    A community board has rejected plans to convert a landmarked Upper West Side church into a condo building, though the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals will have final say on whether the project moves forward. [more]

  • 361 Central Park West

    Ira Shapiro and 361 Central Park West

    A community board panel agreed to an exemption for a Manhattan developer’s plans to covert a landmarked Upper West Side church into a condominium, bringing the redevelopment another step closer to fruition.

    Community Board 7’s land use committee voted Wednesday to give 361 CPW the zoning exemption, with the developer’s plans for the 112-year-old church at 361 Central Park West now set to go before the full community board. [more]

  • shaoul

    Ben Shaoul and 515 East 5th Street in East Village

    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]

  • BSA's former Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan

    BSA’s former Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan

    The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals is down a chairwoman, one member is out on a long vacation, another is quitting July 31 and the executive director is also soon to depart. Down so many, some real estate watchers told Crain’s that they are concerned about the agency being able to function at full throttle.

    So far, a public hearing scheduled for Aug. 12 has been canceled and rescheduled for Aug. 19, as the board must secure a minimum of three members before it can issue decisions, Crain’s reported. The busy agency typically handles more than 350 zoning variance, special permit and appeals applications for zoning variances and building-code determinations every year. [more]

  • Rendering of New York Methodist Hospital's expansion

    Rendering of New York Methodist Hospital’s expansion

    UPDATED 3 p.m., June 18: The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals is expected to vote today on the Methodist Hospital’s zoning variance for a proposed 500,000-square-foot expansion of the medical facility’s current location. [more]

  • Anthony Borelli

    Anthony Borelli

    Anthony Borelli, vice president of planning and development at Edison Properties, may be on track to secure an appointment to the Board of Standards and Appeals.

    The de Blasio administration is zeroing in on Borelli to lead the board of the land-use body, which grants exemptions from zoning code for individual properties and years appeals of denials from the Department of Buildings and other city agencies. Borelli formerly served as planning and land use director for the borough of Manhattan under Scott Stringer, now city comptroller. He was district manager of Manhattan’s Community Board 4. [more]

  • methodist-hospital

    New rendering for New York Methodist Hospital at 506 6th Street in Park Slope

    In response to local opposition, the New York Methodist Hospital is set to propose a revised design for its expanded outpatient center tonight to Community Board 6.

    The new renderings show slightly shrunken parts of the three-story upper façade of the eight-story building, located at 506 6th Street in Park Slope. Residents have argued that the project does not fit with the character neighborhood and will increase traffic. The hospital has made around 20 changes to the original plan, based on community input over the past six months, hospital spokesperson Lyn Hill has said.  [more]

  • DOB relaxes rules on yoga studios

    August 13, 2013 02:00PM

    Alison West, head of Yoga for New York

    Small yoga studios — those hotbeds of stress and angst — can breathe a little easier now, thanks to a city Department of Buildings change that allows some of them to skip getting a special permit before opening new locations. [more]

  • Allen Street Hotel project rendering (source: Curbed)

    The lender to the original developer of a long-gestating hotel project on the Lower East Side is seeking a time extension to finish up, the Lo-Down reported.

    While many slow-moving hotel projects in the neighborhood have recently picked up pace, this incomplete 16-story development — known as the Allen Street Hotel and originally developed by DAB Group — remains stuck. [more]

  • 109-09 15th Avenue (credit: PropertyShark) and BSA Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan

    A new condominium development cold be coming to the suburban-style enclave of College Point, Queens. The Times Ledger reported that plans to turn the old Chilton Paint factory at 109-09 15th Avenue into residences have resurfaced, following a request to extend a city variance for the construction of housing in a manufacturing area. [more]

  • David Storobin and the Sheepshead Bay mosque site

    Despite having won court support, a controversial mosque being built in Sheepshead Bay has found a fresh opponent in State Senator David Storobin, who is currently running for reelection in the new Midwood district – populated mostly by ultra-conservative Orthodox Jews, Brooklyn Daily reported. Residents had already attacked the mosque with a myriad of charges, including zoning violations that were unanimously dismissed by the Board of Standards and Appeals last year. The fact that it is extremely unlikely that Storobin could have any effect on the board’s decision has led many to speculate that the incumbent is merely vying for votes in a right-wing district. [more]

  • Mormon church to rise in Flushing

    July 18, 2012 01:00PM

    A rendering of the Flushing Mormon church (credit: Curbed)

    The Mormon church, which counts presidential contender Mitt Romney as a member, has been making plenty of headlines of late. Now the Salt Lake City-based church has plans to build a church in Flushing, Queens.

    With a unanimous vote, the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals yesterday approved the construction of a Mormon church more than one and a half times the size of what’s permitted under current zoning regulations, the New York Daily News reported. The new structure will sit atop 145-13 33rd Avenue, a plot that the Mormon Church, formally known as the Church of Latter-day Saints, owns. [more]

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  • 8 Orange Avenue

    While Mayor Michael Bloomberg proudly announced plans to develop “micro” apartments in Manhattan this week, residents in Staten Island were bemoaning the city’s decision to allow for a house on a micro lot in Port Richmond.

    According to the Staten Island Advance, despite a unanimous vote against the proposal by the community board, the Board of Standards and Appeals granted Cee Jay Real Estate Development Corp. a zoning variance to build on a lot that measures just 17 feet wide in front and 11 feet wide at its rear. [more]


  • From left: Howard Goldman, a land use attorney who represented Bay People, Lamis Deek, an attorney for the developers and the Sheepshead Bay site

    A group of Sheepshead Bay residents who claim that a planned mosque is using a zoning loophole to skirt parking requirements lost their latest attempt to halt the controversial project, after the Board of Standards and Appeals unanimously rejected their claims today.

    Though it hasn’t attracted as much attention as Park 51, the Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, the mosque planned for 2812 Voorhies Avenue, on a residential block between East 28th and East 29th streets, has inspired protests, a lawsuit and challenges before the Department of Buildings.

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    The owners of a popular Bayside, Queens Lucille Roberts fitness center, who have been operating for nearly two decades in their Bell Boulevard location despite a zoning regulation that forbids them from doing so, are heading to a meeting of Community Board 11 tonight to lobby for a rezoning proposal that would permit the gym to exist as-of-right. According to the Daily News, the area was down-zoned in the mid-1990s to C1-2, a designation that allows small retail and service businesses on the commercial stretch and doesn’t allow special permitting for a fitness center to dodge the rules. The Lucille Roberts owners are seeking a C2-2 designation for the entire stretch, but although the gym is popular with local residents, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece noted that “the idea of upzoning the area makes some people uneasy.” … [more]