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Lower East Side »

Historic LES Synagogue to Become Cafe and Gallery by Year's End

The former First Roumanian-American Congregation is being adapted for current locals, the architect said.

Astoria »

Neighbors Battling Medical Building Developer Over Access to Yards

Residents said the developer is now trying to gain access to their backyards to finish construction.

Carroll Gardens »

Pols Blast City's Dismissal of Violations for Proposed Homeless Shelter

Local officials have called for an investigation into the proposed shelter at 165 W. Ninth St.

East Village »

Airbnb Wins Appeal as Court Rules Apartment-Share Site Does Not Violate Law

The apartment sharing site does not violate Department of Buildings rules governing hotels, a board said.

East Elmhurst »

Burned East Elmhurst Home Left Abandoned Nearly Year After Fire

Neighbors say they fear squatters may come into the home.

Upper East Side »

Second Ave. Building Evacuated After Facade Cracks Found

Officials are investigating whether Second Avenue subway construction led to cracks at the building.

Longwood »

Landlord Seeks Permit for Illegal Bronx Homeless Shelter

The city council will decide whether to legalize a building used as a shelter without the proper permits.

Park Slope »

Park Slope Calexico Opening Stalled by Building Permit Delays

Calexico hasn't opened its Park Slope location because it hasn't yet gotten a permit to renovate.

New Dorp Beach »

City to Demolish Dozens of Sandy-Damaged Homes in Staten Island and Queens

Dozens of homes deemed unsafe by the city will be taken down.

Astoria »

Landlord Converted 2-Family Building Into 'Fire Trap' 9-Family Home: DA

Hinyoung Limtung allegedly took more than $44,000 from would-be tenants for uninhabitable apartments.

Washington Heights »

WaHi's First Hotel Hit With Stop Work Order After Construction Worker Falls

The worker was taken to Harlem Hospital after falling about 12 feet, FDNY officials said.

Jackson Heights »

Popular Thai Restaurant Opening Outpost on 37th Avenue

Arunee Thai plans to open another outpost up the street. 

Midtown »

Luxury High-Rise Granted 24-Hour Work Permits, Infuriating Residents

The Department of Buildings has issued more than 300 after-hours permits for One57 in the past year.

Chelsea »

Landmarks Must Review Controversial Underground Railroad Penthouse: Judge

The owner plans to appeal the decision, his lawyer said.

Chelsea »

Underground Railroad House Landlord to Face Off Against City in Court

The owner of the Hopper-Gibbons House sued the city to keep a fifth-floor addition on the building.