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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.

Coney Island »

Coney Island Cyclone and Wonder Wheel Reopen After AstroTower Demolition

The area around the tower was shut down Tuesday and Wednesday as crews dismantled it.

New Dorp Beach »

Mold Spreading From Abandoned Homes Worries Residents Returning After Sandy

Michael Grimm said Staten Islanders worry about mold spreading from neighboring homes.

Upper West Side »

Rubble Falls From Landmarked Building on Upper West Side

No one was injured when the debris plummeted onto Amsterdam Avenue Tuesday morning, officials said.

Long Island City »

LIC Rock Climbing Gym Plans to Open This Summer, Despite Bribery Scandal

The Cliffs is looking to open in July. Its owner was recently probed by the Department of Investigations.

East Village »

Airbnb Rentals Violate NYC Law, Judge Rules

Airbnb, a popular site used to find short-term accommodations, is illegal under city laws, a judge ruled.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Baker to the Stars Has Gas Restored After Two-Month Shutdown

The owner of Cakes 'N Shapes went without a working oven for more than two months.

Hell's Kitchen & Clinton »

Baker to the Stars Without Oven for Six Weeks After Gas Shutdown

Edie Connolly of Cakes 'N Shapes said she has to lug her ingredients to an off-site oven.

Cobble Hill »

Cobble Hill Preschool Hunts New Home After Lightning Strike

Linden Tree Preschool was forced out of Christ Church after lightning struck and damaged the building.

TriBeCa »

Dilapidated TriBeCa Landmarks Finally On the Road to Recovery

Three 19th-century buildings on Canal Street are finally being fixed, after years of violations.

Chelsea »

Hotel Chelsea Landlord Ignored Court Order, Tenants Say

A court ordered the landlord to clean up its renovation, but tenants said things have gotten worse.

Clinton Hill »

Myrtle Avenue Businesses Shutter to Make Way for Residential Development

Businesses on the south side of Myrtle Avenue between Hall Street and Grand Avenue are closing.

Chelsea »

Underground Railroad House's History is Irrelevant, Owner Says

The owner of a Chelsea house used in the network that helped slaves escape sued the city

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