Department of Buildings

Community Protests City’s Demolition of 70 Mulberry Street

Posted June 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s been five months since a devastating fire tore through the historic PS 23 building at 70 Mulberry Street. And with the city amidst full demolition – permits were approved this month – area preservationists are rallying to save what’s left. Neighbors argue that there is a total lack of transparency regarding the demolition and […]

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In Controversial Move, City Files Plans to Demolish 70 Mulberry Street

Last modified June 9, 2020 at 10:52 am

While the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and mayor’s office continued an apparent charade of “community engagement” at Community Board 3, the city quietly filed plans with Department of Buildings to demolish the PS23 facility at 70 Mulberry Street. Even though some Chinatown residents believe a full demolition would yield a swanky new building within […]

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Delancey Street Tenement to Gain 4-Story Addition

Posted May 5, 2020 at 5:01 am

Undergoing renovations for the last year or so, 108 Delancey Street is now stepping into the proverbial spotlight. Permits previously filed with Department of Buildings reveal a partial demolition and four-story addition slated to top the stout tenement building. Once work is complete, the reimagined property – owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar – will […]

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DOB Unveils Real-Time Map Plotting Essential and Emergency Construction Sites

Posted April 6, 2020 at 5:03 am

At the end of March, Governor Cuomo froze almost all construction projects statewide in response to the fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic and its infection of 19 workers around the city. Only essential projects are granted a pass – infrastructure and transportation projects, emergency repairs, hospital building, and work on affordable housing. It is these exception jobs […]

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Mount Sinai Begins Work at New Rivington House Facility

Posted March 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

There is activity anew at Rivington House, where Mount Sinai is busy converting the former nursing home into its Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center. The hospital network filed for a slew of permits with Department of Buildings for various jobs on-premise. Included in the filings are plans for interior demolition, excavation, and foundation work. At street level, […]

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Sunshine Cinema Office Development Hit with Stop-Work Order over Excavation

Posted December 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

The city halted construction on the commercial office development set to replace the former Sunshine Cinema. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Department of Buildings deployed inspectors to the project site and subsequently issued a full stop-work order due to excavation activities. Public records show that “foundation work with excavators” caused “structural cracks” in both the […]

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There is Nothing Left of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street

Posted October 23, 2019 at 5:06 am

The arson attack against Beth Hamedrash Hagadol on Norfolk Street hollowed out the 167-year-old synagogue. Yet, any hope of the remains being incorporated into the planned development on its ashes is dashed. Just take a look. There is nothing left of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. The tragedy compounded Monday morning thanks to the fatal structural collapse […]

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DOB Steps up Campaign Against Illegal Half-Floor Subdivisons in LES Tenements

Posted October 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

The city is stepping it up with its campaign to warn Lower East Side residents about illegal conversions of living spaces. The sudden push follows the high-profile Department of Buildings inspection of 165 Henry Street in August, which uncovered units split into illegal “half-floors.” Tenants were found residing in SRO spaces with four-and-a-half foot ceilings. […]

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The ‘Moxy Hotel’ on the Bowery will Ascend 18 Stories

Posted April 15, 2019 at 5:02 am

Details of Marriott’s new Moxy Hotel on the Bowery are finally coming into focus. And it’s not pretty. Moxy is to occupy a larger chunk of real estate than previously thought. In fact, an entire corner will fall. Two different owners sold out to Lightstone Group last August for a combined $56.6 million payday – […]

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New Museum Expansion on the Bowery Includes 8-Story Addition Next Door [Updated]

Last modified April 15, 2019 at 12:40 pm

More than a dozen years into its tenure on the Bowery, the New Museum is now looking to grow its footprint. The art gallery filed plans with Department of Buildings Friday morning to construct a new eight-story building next door at 231 Bowery. (It’s filed under 235 Bowery because the two lots were previously merged.) […]

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