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Chelsea »

Hotel Chelsea Loses Heat, Hot Water and Gas

Residents were left in a freezing building, facing a cold night that saw temps dip to 29 degrees.

Gowanus »

Gowanus Whole Foods Construction Halted After Three Workers Fell

Three men fell about 25 or 30 feet from a steel frame at the site, on Third Avenue and Third Street.

Chelsea »

Former Barneys Warehouse Demolition Spews Noise and Dust, Neighbors Say

Neighbors said on-site compactors are keeping them up at night and polluting the air. 

New Dorp Beach »

Neighbors Fear Two Homes Battered By Sandy Will Collapse With Next Storm

Neighbors complain that two abandoned homes on New Dorp Lane are in danger of collapsing.

Williamsburg »

Couple Builds Home Out of Shipping Containers in Williamsburg

David Boyle and wife Michele Bertomen fought for years to erect their home on Keap Street.

Chelsea »

Underground Railroad House Owner Loses Appeal to Keep Rooftop Addition

The Hopper-Gibbons House's owner may go to court to fight ruling from city board.

Midtown »

Man Injured After Falling Off Fifth Avenue Scaffolding, FDNY Says

The man suffered a head injury after falling off a scaffold at 475 Fifth Avenue, near 41st Street.

Oakwood »

City Plans to Tear Down Sandy Damaged SI Homes Where Owners Can't be Found

New York City issued a public notice Saturday alerting three homeowners they'd face losing their houses.

Rosebank »

Officials Investigate the Leaning House of Staten Island

A two-story home at 176 St. Mary's Ave. is leaning toward its neighbor, officials said.

Long Island City »

Operator and Contractor Cited in Long Island City Crane Collapse

The collapse occurred at the construction site of a luxury high-rise Jan. 9, injuring seven workers.

Midtown East »

Family of Ad Exec Killed by Malfunctioning Elevator Sues Repair Firm

Suzanne Hart's father is suing Transel Elevator and Electric and its employees over her death.

Washington Heights »

Washington Heights Building Had History of Violations Before Fire

The West 188th Street building had violations for lead paint, blocked windows and locked fire escapes.

TriBeCa »

Partially Collapsed TriBeCa Landmark Has History of Violations, Complaints

The 194-year-old building that suffered a partial collapse Wednesday has long sat in disrepair.

TriBeCa »

194-Year-Old Building Partially Collapses on Canal Street

Authorities have long been concerned about 502 Canal St.'s deteriorating exterior. 

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.