Department of Buildings

Recent Headlines
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.

Gowanus »

Eagle Clothes Sign Could Be Restored, U-Haul Says

U-Haul is hoping to get city permission to restore the Eagle Clothes sign to the Brooklyn skyline.

Union Square »

Residents Fume Over City's Frequent Approval of After-Hours Work Permits

The DOB allowed after-hours construction work at 35 W. 15th St. for nearly 200 days out of the year.

Sutton Place »

Ad Exec on First Date Falls to Death from Her Balcony

Ad exec Jennifer Rosoff fell after a railing gave way at Stonehenge 57 at 400 E. 57th St., cops said.

Murray Hill »

Man Puts 8-Foot-Wide Pool on His Balcony, Pink Flamingos and All

Justin Holt went to great lengths to build a private — and likely illegal — pool on his balcony.

Chinatown »

'Bug Bomb' Building Had Illegal Dividing Walls and Gas Lines: Investigators

The Department of Buildings issued a vacate order for 17 Pike St. after pesticides exploded.

Park Slope »

Balconies Unsafe at New Fourth Ave Condo Building, City Says

Residents at 500 Fourth Ave. were ordered to stay off their balconies after city inspectors found cracks.