Department of Buildings

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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Permits Filed for 9-Story Sunshine Cinema Replacement

Posted April 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

The Sunshine Cinema is headlong into its next life as a bougie boutique office building. Developers filed the permit application materials to the Department of Buildings on Friday for the new nine-story construction. The $9.5 million job will result in a 65,000 square-foot glass tumor at the rebranded 141 East Houston Street. Demolition of the […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Rally Against Landlord and DOB

Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:06 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery and advocates rallied yesterday to call attention to their plight. A crowd of about eighty marched on the downtown headquarters of Department of Buildings with a message of protest against the agency’s “inability to prioritize the safety of the tenants over the greed of the landlord [Joseph Betesh].” Representatives from […]

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Rivington House Condo Conversion Begins as Slate Property Group Files Plans with City

Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the community slighted, Slate Property Group now officially embarks on its luxury conversion of Rivington House. Three separate permit applications were filed with the Department of Buildings last week for the upcoming job. This despite the partial stop-work order still in effect on 45 Rivington Street. CetraRuddy Architects is the design firm behind the $17.1 […]

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Bowery Landlord Must Fix Unstable Staircase within 2 Weeks, City Says

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Controversial landlord Joseph Betesh must fix the destabilized staircase inside 85 Bowery within two weeks, the city stated yesterday after dozens of tenants were evacuated from their homes. As part of the ongoing legal case between Betesh and the tenant association here, the State Supreme Court yesterday afternoon ordered a city inspection of the property. Apparently, the […]

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Breaking: DOB Evacuates Embattled Betesh Tenants from 85 Bowery

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Down on the Bowery, total pandemonium right now as the authorities just evacuated the embattled tenants of 85 Bowery. Apparently the primary staircase is destabilized due to purported neglect, and a vacate order subsequently issued. This sudden liquidation follows a month after the state Department of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) determined that apartments in […]

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City Approves 12-Story Provident Loan Bank Development on East Houston

Posted January 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

Any fading hope for a landmarked Provident Loan Society building on East Houston was dashed two weeks ago when the city approved plans for its redevelopment. Despite grassroots support to protect the century-old structure – and backing from Community Board 3 in December 2015 – no such designation ever transpired. Instead, its longtime owners, Elsa and […]

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‘Flight of the Conchords’ Consulate Building on East Broadway is Now Getting Demolished

Last modified September 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

And we edge closer to an out of scale two-tower development at the Bialystoker nursing home site… The building at 232 East Broadway, also known as the fictional New Zealand consulate in Flight of the Conchords, is a goner. The death shroud is now draped across its carcass, awaiting the wrecking ball. Indeed, the Department […]

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6-Story Residential Development to Rise from the Ashes of 330-332 Grand Street

Posted September 5, 2017 at 5:03 am

Last Friday, just as the city geared up for the holiday weekend, a local developer filed plans to construct a new residential development on Grand Street. One that will replace the last of the two-story shops between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. As previously disclosed, property owner Daniel Wise acquired 330-332 Grand Street at the end […]

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Congee Bowery Converted to ‘Hot Pot Village’; Neighbors Worry About Unpermitted Crane

Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:09 am

The twelve-year-old Congee Bowery restaurant closed back in April for a concept tune-up. Now, three months later, the establishment is nearly ready to reopen, albeit delayed and with a new identity. Congee Bowery ditched the “traditional Chinese” fare and is henceforth Hot Pot Village. Menu and relaunch are still up in the air. In the meantime, […]

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