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Nearly Half of NYC Buildings Fail to Make the Green Grade

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.

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Green Electricity Could Juice Efforts to Cut NYC Buildings’ Carbon Cloud: Study

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.

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Eric Adams Misses City Inspectors Again After Illegal Apartment Complaint on His Brooklyn Building

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.

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City Grants Work Permits for Embattled 200 Amsterdam Ave. Tower

Crews return to controversial Upper West Side site as developers say wind threatens the unfinished building and officials OK "emergency work."

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NYC’s Basement Apartment Crackdown Clashes With Census Outreach Efforts

Building inspectors targeting illegal apartments risk making immigrants even less likely to respond, city advisers warn.

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As City Vows New Facade Crackdown, Old Violations Leave Buildings ‘Unsafe’

More than 300 New York City buildings — including the Lotte New York Palace, the "Gossip Girl" hotel — lack safety measures following failed inspections, city DOB records show. The city announced a crackdown after Erica Tishman’s death.

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Construction Overseers Charged With Manslaughter in Death of Luis Sánchez Almonte

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez presses rare manslaughter prosecutions in the 2018 fatal crushing of excavation worker Luis Sánchez Almonte in Sunset Park.

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Buildings Commish Backs off Order for Q-Train Neighbors to Inspect Subway Walls

After THE CITY’s report and an MTA intervention, city bureaucrats say homeowners can ignore citations for failing to inspect a busy transit trench.

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Brooklyn Homeowners Wall-Eyed at City Demand They Inspect Q-Train Trench

Flatbush and Ditmas Park residents aghast at Department of Buildings order for reports on century-old walls they say are the MTA’s responsibility.

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Williamsburg Loft Building’s Tenants See Hopes to Stay Fade

New owners of Brooklyn’s 240 Broadway proceed with eviction cases and construction as city Buildings Department declines to nix past permit.

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Fire-Ravaged Bronx Storage Center Leaves Renters in the Dark

People with storage units at the now-abandoned Tuck-it-Away on Walton Avenue have been waiting for two years to learn what happened to their stuff.

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Besieged Brooklyn Loft Tenants Have High Hopes But Few Options

Williamsburg tenants who want Loft Law protection say they’re being pushed out — just as city officials begin to investigate building’s status.

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One-Third of Construction Deaths Logged by Feds Go Uncounted by City

The Buildings Dept. is charged with monitoring the city’s most lethal industry. But OSHA stats show stark differences in assessing deaths on the job.

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Construction Deaths Go Unreported as Building Owners Ignore Law

Owners and contractors must inform the Buildings Department about worker fatalities. But only one death was recorded last year — out of at least 12.