Department of Buildings

Adams appointee Eric Ulrich pocketed $150,000 from associates seeking city actions, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg charged.
Under new proposed rules to Local Law 97, buildings that show a good faith effort to meet carbon caps could get a reprieve. But some backers of the law say the delay isn’t warranted.
A fatal collapse at burned-out Beth Hamedrash happened after the city’s preservation panel forced rebuilding, over its own expert’s objections.
Mayor “Get Stuff Done” debuted a new plan to “Get Sheds Down.”
Department of Buildings and FDNY issue $6,400 in fines for the Bowery facility, weeks after an electrical fire killed four in Chinatown. Grubhub says it’s a “misunderstanding.”
Owners don’t object to the goal of a city law requiring buildings to lower carbon emissions — but they do mind the significant expense.
In a rare occurrence, two supervisors face criminal charges over injuries that disabled two workers at an East Harlem building site.
Months after Raúl Tenelema Pulí died, a subcontractor was fined $128,132 for offenses including a “willful” violation of safety standards.
The company marketing the technology is promising to save building owners from hefty fines under Local Law 97. But city officials say it doesn’t fit the current law.
Loose bricks fell off a Jackson Houses wall last week, crushing sidewalk scaffolding — at a time when hundreds of public housing facade violations remain unresolved.
The case against Odessa Safety comes after undercover agents reported they exchanged cash for documents that falsely certified they received 40 hours of required safety training.
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Last week, the Housing Authority pulled down data on its website after THE CITY found nearly every one of its 2,100 buildings really scored grades of D and F.
Inspectors discovered another unstable wall about to collapse, just steps from where a laborer died in Chinatown while doing demolition on Tuesday.
Fatalities rise again, following a dip during the COVID construction pause.
Local Law 97, passed by the City Council in 2019, puts carbon caps on all buildings bigger than 25,000 square feet. With the exact rules still in draft form, landlords are trying to figure out what they need to do now.
Neither side is saying what’s behind the dispute, but Make The Road NY has asked a court to toss the debt claim. Meanwhile, the Department of Buildings says the contractor didn’t properly insure workers.
On Thursday, the Department of Buildings released a series of draft rules that regulate how property owners are able to comply with Local Law 97.
In 2019, now mayoral Chief of Staff Frank Carone stepped in as fixer for a project with a trail of shaky safety practices, after a 32-year-old woman suffered life-altering brain injuries.
The second annual report card for 20,000 structures — from pre-war apartment complexes to skyscrapers — showed modest improvements. But the most popular mark was again “D,” even as the pandemic skewed power usage.
If a state law to zap carbon from the power grid is followed, most office building owners wouldn’t have to do much to meet city-mandated emissions standards, an NYU report found. That could help alleviate real estate industry gripes about Local Law 97’s costs.
The mayoral frontrunner promised to let the city he hopes to run inspect his home, but officials stuck up a new notice on his door Friday. He finally connected with buildings department officials Tuesday after inquiries by THE CITY.