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Court, Fines Fail to Bring Landlord to Heel

BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | The repairs are still not done. The city has levied fines and charges that total more than $151,000, a Housing Court judge mandated seven months ago that repairs be completed within 30 days, and yet longtime tenant Cathy Levan is still waiting for her home to be habitable. “It’s been such […]

BY SYDNEY PEREIRA | A city agency has given the go-ahead to developers building a 64-story tower on the Upper East Side. The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) decision arrives after years of advocacy against the tower — including a community-based rezoning effort led by the East River 50s Alliance (ERFA) in an attempt to […]

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BY EILEEN STUKANE | Twelve construction workers died in 2017, a fatality number that has remained the same for the last three years. “The 12 fatalities are unacceptable,” said Timothy Hogan, the city Department of Buildings’ deputy commissioner for enforcement. He was speaking to more than 350 building professionals at the DOB’s eighth annual Build […]

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BY LEVAR ALONZO | At its most recent meeting, Community Board 4 members and elected officials on hand were up in arms as they discussed lapses by the Department of Buildings (DOB) that are allowing for the demolition of two more residential buildings in Hell’s Kitchen. The pair of four-story buildings at 335-337 W. 55th St. […]

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BY DUSICA SUE MALESEVIC | Mold. Flooded basement. Leaks so persistent mushrooms sprouted. Rodents. No heat, hot water, or cooking gas. And this: “I almost had the building demolished with me in it.” This is a partial list of the burdens longtime tenant Cathy Levan has faced in her apartment since the building’s ownership changed […]

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BY COLIN MIXSON | Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 10 signed into law a bill sponsored by Manhattan City Councilmember Margaret Chin requiring city cranes to be outfitted with tracking devices, the first legislative step in the city’s continuing crackdown on the towering construction devices and their crews following the tragic crane collapse in […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal and a panel of city agency representatives fielded concerns and worries raised by Upper West Siders during a town hall meeting on April 25. With topics flooding in from online submissions as well as from audience members, Rosenthal at times joined the criticism of city agencies and […]

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BY SEAN EGAN | When Xiao Ling Chen took her seat before the City Council Housing and Buildings Committee to give testimony in support of several new tenant harassment bills, she was probably not expecting to cry. But, in recent years, her multi-generational family has been crammed into just two rooms downtown due to extensive and […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH | Mayor Bill de Blasio answered dozens of questions from New Yorkers during two hours of Q&A at a West Side town hall on March 15. Anyone could ask the mayor whatever they wished, and the crowd who turned out at the Lab School for Collaborative Studies on West 17th Street pressed […]

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BY JACKSON CHEN | A Department of Finance decision based on regulations about city tax lots has halted an unprecedented project that would have floated a 10-story condo above an existing seven-story rental building at 711 West End Avenue. The ambitious development, located on the block between West 94th and 95th Streets, would sit on a platform […]

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