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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.

Bushwick »

Authorities Evacuate Unstable Building on Wilson Avenue

The FDNY forced the evacuation of 238 Wilson Avenue after officials determined it was unstable.

New York City »

Huge Rainstorm Floods Streets and Knocks Out Power

Gusts of up to 55 miles per hour were expected to hit the city.

Jackson Heights »

Queens Supermarket Removes Controversial Sidewalk Extension

Trade Fair supermarket and Councilman Daniel Dromm have been in a long-standing battle.

Gowanus »

Dangerous Buildings Plague Up-and-Coming Gowanus Block

The city has declared two buildings across from the future Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club unsafe.

Central Harlem »

Controversial Lenox Avenue Scaffolding Returns

The longstanding scaffolding outside 260 Lenox Ave. reappeared after a 2-week hiatus.

Meatpacking District »

City Stops Construction of New Meatpacking District Open-Air Market

UrbanSpace NYC never applied for permits to build its trendy Meatpacking District market, the DOB said.

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