Department of Buildings

Willets Point business owners expect to reopen
Willets Point business owners expect to reopen
News Melissa Chan 5/31/2013 at 9:08AM

Nearly one dozen Willets Point business owners who had their auto shops abruptly shut down by the city two weeks ago said they expect to reopen in a few days. “We all have families,” said Wais Mohibi, owner of Discount Muffler in the Iron Triangle. “Don’t just come in without warning, without anything, and just [...]

Pol helps bust LIC rock gym owner for alleged bribery attempt
Pol helps bust LIC rock gym owner for alleged bribery attempt
Police Angy Altamirano 5/29/2013 at 12:26PM

In the midst of ongoing turmoil in city politics, one politician has helped bring a Long Island City business owner to justice for an alleged bribery attempt. According to the Department of Investigation, Mike Wolfert, owner of a rock climbing facility called The Cliffs, received a Stop Work Order for failing to obtain the correct permit [...]

Residents want landlord held responsible for Woodhaven building collapse
Residents want landlord held responsible for Woodhaven building collapse
News Queens Courier Staff 5/22/2013 at 9:05AM

BY LUKE TABET Concerned Woodhaven residents want to know what repercussions, if any, a local landowner will face after his building collapsed last month, damaging the adjacent Volunteer Ambulance Corps and forcing residents to leave the Woodhaven Senior Center. An abandoned furniture store at 78-19 Jamaica Avenue crumbled onto the street on April 12, crushing [...]

Vacant Rego Park building becomes eyesore
Vacant Rego Park building becomes eyesore
Central Terence M. Cullen 4/19/2013 at 1:34PM

A vacant building in Rego Park has some complaining that the structure is a major eyesore. The commercial strip on Woodhaven Boulevard, between 63rd Road and Dana Court, has rental signs along its windows. Until recently, scaffolding covered almost the entire block. “Of course there’s a problem,” a source said. “There’s been problems for years.” [...]

Couple will not demolish historic Douglaston home
Couple will not demolish historic Douglaston home
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/28/2013 at 1:36PM

The newlywed owners of a historic Douglaston house say they have no plans to harm the 19th century remnant after neighbors rallied outside their home last week, The Courier has learned. Property owner Xiu Jun Zhai and his wife received a partial job permit by the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) on March 4 to [...]

Neighbors rally against changes to historic Douglaston home
Neighbors rally against changes to historic Douglaston home
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/21/2013 at 12:04PM

Neighboring residents of a historic Douglaston house rallied last Friday to save the 19th century remnant from proposed changes. The new owner of the 38-60 Douglaston Parkway site has submitted plans to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) to significantly alter the house. The department issued a “partial job” permit to property owner Xiu Jun [...]

Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Top Stories Melissa Chan 2/26/2013 at 2:23PM

The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) is falling down on the job. “The Buildings Department is just dysfunctional and incapable of improving itself,” said Comptroller John Liu. “Its inability to perform basic tasks … bode poorly not just for the department, but for residents and neighborhoods too.” A recent audit by the comptroller’s office found [...]

Operator, contractor cited in Long Island City crane collapse
Operator, contractor cited in Long Island City crane collapse
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 1/31/2013 at 1:00PM

The Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued 12 violations to several parties involved in the Long Island City crane collapse that injured seven workers earlier this month. According to the DOB, combined, these violations have a minimum penalty of $132,800, and $64,000 of that amount was issued to the crane’s operator, Paul Geer. “Cranes are [...]

License of operator in Long Island City crane collapse suspended
License of operator in Long Island City crane collapse suspended
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 1/11/2013 at 8:17AM

The man operating the crane that collapsed at a Long Island City construction site Wednesday, injuring seven, has had his license suspended by the city, said the Department of Buildings (DOB). A preliminary investigation by the DOB found that operator Paul Geer tried to lift 23,900 pounds of lumber at the 46-10 Center Boulevard site, more than double [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 1/10/2013 at 7:38AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%. EVENT OF THE DAY: Urinetown: The Musical Winner of three Tony awards and one of the most uproariously funny musicals [...]