Department of Buildings

Fifteen-Story Condo Tower Slated for Lower Orchard Street

Last modified October 28, 2021 at 2:12 pm

The southerly base of Orchard Street is about to receive some additional heft. Fifteen stories’ worth, in fact. The dormant building at 24 Orchard Street will meet the wrecking ball in due course. The property itself changed hands in November 2020 for $6.7 million, and now the listed owner, shell entity NNYY LLC, is planning […]

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ABC No Rio to Break Ground on Passive House Next Spring

Posted October 12, 2021 at 5:01 am

More than four years after punk icon ABC No Rio fell, there is finally a meaningful update about its future redevelopment. Conceived in 1980 in a squat at 156 Rivington Street, ABC No Rio, an acronym of “Abogado Con Notario,” became a hub at the intersection of art and music. However, time was not kind […]

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14-Story Eldridge Street Hotel Hit with Stop Work Order

Posted January 21, 2021 at 5:03 am

The hotel newcomer underway on lower Eldridge Street – recently topped out at fourteen stories – met the might of the city. Inspectors from Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order on 79 Eldridge about a week ago. It’s a full order which only allows work “to provide shoring for all staircases and provide design […]

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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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