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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]

  • 50-clinton

    50 Clinton Street

    Icon Realty Management filed plans with the Department of Buildings for a seven-story, 39,000-square-foot apartment complex on the Lower East Side. [more]

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  • From left: Angel

    From left: Angel Orensanz and 172 Norfolk Street

    Roughly 500 people were evacuated from a landmarked synagogue on the Lower East Side yesterday evening after a balcony inside the structure began to sag, according to reports. No one was reported hurt in the incident. [more]

  • hfz-capital

    From left: 3-7 West 29th Street and 8-14 West 30th Street (Inset: Ziel Feldman)

    Developer Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital filed permits last week to tear down the first of three buildings in NoMad to make way for a proposed 350,000-square-foot mixed-use tower, according to Department of Buildings records. [more]

  • 190-196-south-1st

    190-196 South 1st Street and ODA’s Eran Chen

    Developer Jeff Gershon has unveiled a rendering of his 13-story mixed-use project in South Williamsburg.

    ODA Architecture is designing the 46 residential units – either condominiums or rentals – on the site of a one-time coffee warehouse at 190-196 South 1st Street. Under the plan, there would be a 12,310-square-foot community facility on the bottom two floors, as well as parking, a gym and a fourth-floor lounge, as previously reported. The Department of Buildings has not yet approved the developer’s permit filings.  [more]

  • bed-stuy-hancock

    From left: Rendering of 484-484 Hancock Street and the stable buildings

    The Department of Buildings is weighing approval of a residential conversion of two 1800s-era stable buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. [more]

  • 100 West 37th Street

    100 West 37th Street

    The Department of Buildings shot down a New York hotelier’s plans to erect a new Midtown South location last week, according to city records. [more]

  • From left: Rendering of day, night at the Rock and Roll Playhouse

    From left: Rendering of day and night uses at the Rock and Roll Playhouse

    The Board of Standards and Appeals will hear Tuesday from a group of Gowanus residents concerned that a children’s music school coming to the neighborhood will transform into a rowdy nightclub scene after hours. [more]

  • A collapsed crane at a TF Cornerstone site in Long Island City (Image courtesy Larry Dusseau)

    The Buildings Department has revoked crane operator Paul Greer’s license following the collapse of a crane at TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental development in Long Island City, which injured seven workers in January.

    “The Buildings Department has zero tolerance for individuals that demonstrate negligence and disregard for the law on any construction site,” Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a statement. [more]


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