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  • The Esplanade 305 West End Avenue

    The Esplanade at 305 West End Avenue

    An investigation into the death of a young girl struck by falling debris from an Upper West Side building has seen the arrest of a professional engineer and changes at the Department of Buildings.

    Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters noted “wholesale breakdowns in enforcement of public safety from just about everyone” in his agency’s investigation into the May death of Greta Greene – a 2-year-old who was sitting on a bench with her grandmother outside a West End Avenue senior citizens’ residence when bricks and terracotta fell down from the building. Greene was killed while her grandmother was injured. [more]

  • Rick Chandler Anthony Rinaldi

    From left: Rick Chandler and the Rinaldi Group’s Anthony Rinaldi

    Building contractor the Rinaldi Group had work at its sites halted and its construction license pulled by the Department of Buildings following an investigation stemming from a deadly accident at one of the company’s sites in May.

    The city stopped work at Rinaldi’s 17 active build sites, citing dozens of violations and a pattern of disregard for safety. [more]

  • NYC Construction

    Construction site near the High Line in Chelsea

    With construction-related work deaths on the rise, city investigators are discreetly appearing at job sites and arresting workers with fake safety training cards.

    Construction workers are required to take safety courses run by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration to reduce accidents at job sites, but there has been a growing problem with workers blowing off the courses and using fraudulent OSHA cards claiming they received training. [more]

  • Eran Modan Espoir

    The Espoir at 156 Hope Street in Williamsburg

    The Department of Buildings ordered the shut down and inspection of 60 elevators throughout the city following the death of Eran Modan in a lift at the Espoir Luxury Rentals building in Williamsburg last week. [more]

  • Man crushed to death in Espoir elevator

    October 05, 2015 08:00AM
    Eran Modan Espoir

    The Espoir at 156 Hope Street in Williamsburg (inset: Eran Modan)

    Eran Modan, 37, was killed when an elevator he was trying to squeeze into buckled and dropped on top of him. [more]

  • Rick Chandler

    Rick Chandler

    The city is flexing its regulatory muscles in its effort to stem the recent tide of construction accidents.

    The Department of Buildings has permanently revoked the license and pulled 486 work permits associated with Brooklyn-based contractor MRMD NY, citing over $600,000 in unpaid fees and penalties.

    Buildings commissioner Rick Chandler framed the action as aimed at increasing public safety amid the wave of new construction sweeping the city. [more]

  • Tory Burch

    151 Mercer Street in Soho and Tory Burch

    Tory Burch is being sued by landlord Herbert Moskowitz, who alleges construction on the fashion designer’s four-story flagship store at 151 Mercer Street in Soho caused damage to his own property next door. [more]

  • Construction near the High Line in Manhattan

    Construction near the High Line in Manhattan

    Injuries and deaths at construction sites rose sharply in Fiscal Year 2015, to the highest levels in years. [more]

  • Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney's Office)

    Carlos Moncayo and the Restoration Hardware site at 9-19 Ninth Avenue (credit: New York District Attorney’s Office)

    Kenneth Hart, whose Harco Construction is facing criminal charges for the April death of a worker at the Restoration Hardware site in Chelsea, lost his Department of Buildings license after amassing 30 safety violations in the past two years.

    After launching a new enforcement effort in the wake of worker Carlos Moncayo’s death on April 6, the Department of Buildings found eight of Hart’s job sites citywide had been deemed “immediately hazardous” over the past two years. Harco Construction is now no longer allowed to operate in the city, according to the city. [more]

  • Construction workers in Lower Manhattan

    Construction workers in Lower Manhattan

    The Department of Buildings is taking steps to improve its battered reputation, including publicizing its first ever code of conduct for workers in the construction sector.

    The code spells out the do’s and dont’s for construction workers when it comes to ethics and standards in licensing. It also outlines the consequences for abusing privileges. A “bill of rights” explains the level of service that customers are entitled to from DOB staffers. [more]

  • Kenmore Hall at 145 East 23rd Street

    Kenmore Hall at 145 East 23rd Street

    The former Kenmore Hotel – the single-room occupancy building infamous for a 1994 seizure by the U.S. Marshals Service – continues to be troubled after the Department of Buildings recorded a city-high 220 complaints at the property for the year ending last month.

    Complaints at the 22-story building, located at 145 East 23rd Street between Third and Lexington avenues, include allegations of poor ventilation and water leakage. The property, now known as Kenmore Hall, provides affordable housing. [more]

  • Rick Chandler Bill de Blasio

    From left: Rick Chandler and Bill de Blasio

    The city’s Department of Buildings announced plans Thursday to “fundamentally reform the agency” that will include 320 new positions and an infusion of $120 million over four years.

    The reforms will include changes to the Department of Buildings’ “safety and development operations, customer service, transparency and our collaborative relationships with other city and state agencies and authorities,” department commissioner Rick Chandler said in the report. [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]

  • 360 Central Park West

    From left: 360 Central Park West rendering (credit: CetraRuddy), Argo’s Mark Moskowitz and 360 Central Park West

    Argo Real Estate’s plans for a redeveloped 16-story luxury condo building at 360 Central Park West are moving ahead, with a rendering and further details for the project revealed. [more]

  • Robert LiMandri

    Robert LiMandri

    Former Department of Buildings head Robert LiMandri has started a new division within engineering firm Vidaris focused on assisting developers adapt to the city’s new building codes.

    LiMandri said the firm’s new division would help address “confusion about the changes” to city building codes that have “become a lot more stringent.” [more]

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  • Mark Peters Department of Investigation NYC

    Mark Peters

    Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters has pledged to continue his probe into the alleged bribery scheme that led to last month’s arrest of nearly 50 people, including some top-ranking Manhattan and Brooklyn building inspectors.

    In an interview with Crain’s on Wednesday, Peters said he is “by no stretch of the imagination done looking at this.” In recent months, he’s made a number of suggestions to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Building officials on curbing corruption within the agency, he said. [more]

  • From left: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and David Weiszer

    From left: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and David Weiszer

    In a case of serious déjà vu for New York City, a group of middlemen known as “expediters” are among those being charged in the massive bribery scheme centered around building inspectors.

    Expediters receive money from developers to acquire building permits, address violations and fill out key paperwork — all as fast as possible, and often, through illegal means, the New York Daily News reported. The corrupt culture of expediters was first revealed fifteen years ago during a similar investigation, and prosecutors demanded that they be banned. However, the number of expediters licensed by the city has actually doubled since then, up to 3,200 from 1,600. [more]

  • Chetrit-and-Madison-Avenue1

    Joseph Chetrit and 550 Madison Avenue in Midtown (Photo credit: Google)

    The Chetrit Group filed its first plans with the city to convert 10 floors of the Philip Johnson-designed Midtown Sony office building to residential, city records show, in a plan designed by SLCE Architects.

    Chetrit aims to convert floors 14 through 33 of 550 Madison Avenue, a 648,366-square-foot tower between 55th and 56th streets, to residential, plans filed today with the city’s Department of Buildings show. [more]

  • City retires “stalled sites” list

    September 15, 2014 01:00PM

    From left: 700 First Avenue, 96 Greenwich Street, 50 Greenpoint Avenue and 426 South 5th Street

    Even as some believe New York City might be in the middle of another real estate bubble, the city’s Department of Buildings has removed from its website the clearest reminder of the pain of the last recession: a rolling list of stalled construction sites. [more]

  • rebny

    From left: Angela Pinsky and Gina Bocra

    Of the architectural plans for new and renovated office and residential buildings submitted to the city’s Department of Buildings, one out of every 10 meets the energy code, according to an audit that began earlier this year.

    Though the sustainability standards in question have been in place for more than 30 years, they are only now being stringently enforced, according to Crain’s. In some cases, the DOB is even stopping projects that fall outside the requirements. So far, the team has audited more than 1,200 applications, and plans to eventually quadruple that number. [more]

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