Department of Buildings

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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Steel Falls 30 Feet from One Manhattan Square, Injuring a Worker Below

Posted July 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Extell’s One Manhattan Square saw a worksite injury last week involving a falling piece of steel from the superstructure. As first reported yesterday, the piece reportedly plunged thirty feet from the gargantuan project site. Apparently, the construction material struck the worker’s shoulder while operating a lift performing steel work. No ambulance was dispatched to 250 South […]

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Epstein’s Bar Reopens on Stanton Street (Again)

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:03 am

The northeast corner of Allen and Stanton Streets is again alight. Epstein’s is back in action. The bro-bar resumed operations last week after a forceful sidelining from its prior reopening this past January. It’s currently business as usual, albeit without much crowding yet. You’ll recall that Epstein’s originally closed in September 2015 due in large […]

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Ninja Grill Hibachi on Essex Street Reopens Tomorrow

Posted June 13, 2018 at 5:13 am

In case you’ve been going through withdrawal, the Ninja Grill hibachi restaurant on Essex Street is set to return tomorrow. Thus concluding a three-month stay on the sidelines. As previously reported, the kitschy Ninja Grill opened at 103 Essex Street back in December. It appeared well received; based on initial Yelp reviews, the fast food […]

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Fresh Permits Issued for Rivington House Gut Job

Posted May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am

Piecemeal work at Rivington House is progressing, despite pressure from the community and elected officials alike. The Department of Buildings two weeks ago issued permits to CetraRuddy Architects, the design firm behind the $17.1 million remodeling, for interior demolition, despite the partial stop-work order on the property. This grants the team the ability to renovate […]

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The Short-Lived Revival of Epstein’s Bar

Last modified May 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

Epstein’s Bar, resurrected from a two-year slumber back in January, lasted only a month before closing yet again. Since then, relative quiet at the corner of Allen and Stanton Streets. A printout affixed to the gated entrance continues to explain that the short-lived launch was only a “soft opening,” and that “full menu and brunch […]

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This Real-Time Map Shows You the Glut of Sidewalk Sheds Around the City

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:07 am

In this town, sidewalk sheds seem to go up much quicker than they come down. Construction projects take forever, and residents are left for years with these unsightly eyesores. It’s just a fact of life. Now, the Department of Buildings has a fancy new way to distract track this unwanted, yet necessary street furniture. The […]

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