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Dongan Hills »

City Demolishes First Staten Island Homes Damaged by Sandy

The city has demolished the first homes on Staten Island that were damaged by Sandy on Monday.

Long Island City »

Crane Operator Suspended for Overloading Rig in Queens Collapse

The crane was trying to lift too much weight before it collapsed in Long Island City, officials said.

Tottenville »

Mom Hurt When Car Hit Staten Island Home Plans to Sues City for $20M

Lisa Micciulla-Roman will sue the city after a car plowed into her home, injuring her and her daughter.

Chelsea »

Chelsea Building Evacuated Following Partial Collapse Christmas Night

No injuries were reported after the facade of 655 Sixth Ave. crumbled, authorities said.

Chelsea »

Preservationists Fight for Restoration of Underground Railroad House

Dozens of supporters argued to the Board of Standards and Appeals about the Hopper-Gibbons House.

Breezy Point »

Breezy Point Homeowners Hit With Buildings Violations For Sandy Damage

The Buildings Department has issued violations for homes ruined by Hurricane Sandy.

Chelsea »

Landlord Wants to Keep 'Illegal' Fifth Floor on Underground Railroad House

The city will hear an appeal of its order to remove the fifth floor of Chelsea's Hopper Gibbons House.

New Dorp Beach »

Staten Islanders Fear Red DOB Placards Mean Loss of Their Homes

Residents of hard hit areas said they weren't sure if the red DOB placards were a demolition order.

New York City »

Zone A Evacuees Can't Return Until Homes Are Inspected, Bloomberg Says

The DOB is sending inspectors into Zone A buildings to determine whether they are safe to reoccupy.

Midtown »

High Winds Prevent Crews from Securing 57th St. Crane

Gas and water were cut to the area amid fears the crane could fall, FDNY said.

Washington Heights »

Washington Heights Tenants Evacuated from Building with Structural Damage

Three families were forced to leave their apartments after inspectors found unsafe illegal construction.

Middle Village »

Car Hits Building in Middle Village

A car ran into a building on Metropolitan Avenue on Wednesday, fire officials said.

Hamilton Heights »

Investigation Shows Improper Renovations Led To Harlem Building Collapse

A Harlem man was injured in the collapse when supports gave way, an early DOB investigation found. 

Sugar Hill »

Part of Building Falls Onto Street in Sugar Hill

Officials said there were no injuries after part of the cornice fell off a building on Edgecombe Avenue.

Tottenville »

Staten Island Home Hit by Car Has Long History of Complaints

Complaints were made that the building had been illegally divided into apartments.