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  • 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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  • 605 West 42nd Street

    605 West 42nd Street

    UPDATED, 2:30 p.m., July 30: The Moinian Group received a partial stop work order on its 60-story rental tower at 605 West 42nd Street. The order was lifted later Wednesday afternoon following a visit from an inspector from the New York City Department of Buildings.  [more]

  • From left: Rick Chandler, construction and Bill de Blasio

    From left: Rick Chandler, construction and Bill de Blasio

    UPDATED: Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Rick Chandler, an assistant vice president for facilities at Hunter College, as the commissioner of the Department of Buildings.  [more]

  • Bill de Blasio on the campaign trail

    Bill de Blasio on the campaign trail

    Six months after taking office, the Department of Buildings is still without a new commissioner.

    Robert LiMandri, the city’s former buildings commissioner, resigned at the end of the Bloomberg administration. In the meantime, acting commissioner Thomas Fariello has been leading the department. Experts, however, are calling for new leadership. “I think the agency needs a leader. It does fires and emergencies very well, but the new commissioner would be setting the direction for further agency redesign,” former buildings commissioner Patricia Lancaster told Capital New York. [more]

  • From left: Rendering of 208 Delancey Street and the construction site now

    From left: Rendering of 208 Delancey Street and the construction site now

    A 12-story development project at 208 Delancey Street is finally in motion, following a string of stop-work orders that froze the undertaking last summer. [more]

  • 85 Christopher Street

    85 Christopher Street

    Residents were evacuated when the top portion of a building on Christopher Street started to collapse yesterday.

    According to the fire department, the façade of the fifth and sixth floors of 85 Christopher Street were “bowing” when they arrived at the scene. And one resident told DNAinfo that he could hear bricks and cement falling from the top floors onto the scaffolding below.

    The building, which has at least nine open violations with the Department of Buildings, has a history of problems, residents told DNAinfo. Tenants also claimed that the landlord, Kenneth Friedman, had not performed necessary repairs. [more]

  • limandri

    From left: Robert LiMandri and Vidaris CEO Israel Berger

    Robert LiMandri, the city’s former Department of Buildings commissioner, will soon start work at Flatiron District-based construction and architectural consulting firm Vidaris.

    LiMandri left his government post in December at the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration after a five-and-a-half-year stint. He will now serve as senior principal at Vidaris, heading up business development and operations. The firm focuses its consulting on environmentally-friendly projects involving the design of a building’s façade, as well as renovations and other construction work. [more]

  • From left: 172 Duane Street and Damon Dash

    172 Duane Street and Damon Dash

    The owner of a tiny building in Tribeca’s historic district is reportedly seeking to top it with four more floors, according to an alteration application filed with the city. [more]