Department of Buildings

Crane collapses in Long Island City, injuring seven
Crane collapses in Long Island City, injuring seven
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/09/2013 at 6:07PM

Seven workers suffered minor injuries when a crane collapsed at a Long Island City building site. Around 2:20 p.m. today,  firefighters responded to the incident at Center Boulevard and 46th Avenue, where they discovered three workers trapped beneath the fallen crane. According to Deputy Fire Chief Mark Ferran, the trapped individuals were extricated from the [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 12/05/2012 at 7:24AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 54. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 27. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. [...]

Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Mold spawns health concerns in Sandy flood zone
Health Alexa Altman 11/28/2012 at 9:37AM

Homes that withstood Sandy’s rushing water and brutal winds may now be susceptible to another hazard — mold. According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) flood-damaged homes may have already seen extensive mold growth located under floor tiles, wallpaper and carpeting. The Department of Buildings (DOB) has plans to raze roughly 200 [...]

Community board blocks developer
Community board blocks developer
News Melissa Chan 11/15/2012 at 9:33AM

A notorious Queens developer has hit a roadblock in Bayside after a community board unanimously voted down a variance that would have allowed him to complete construction in the area. Tommy Huang — whose properties have racked up a laundry list of complaints and violations, according to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) — was [...]

‘House of Horrors’ still a problem in Woodhaven
News Terence M. Cullen 9/19/2012 at 3:16PM

Some people in Woodhaven are still worried about what has been labelled the “House of Horrors.” Residents voiced continued concerns at the September meeting of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association (WRBA) about the house at 87-19 90th Street, where last year an 18-year-old was murdered. The Department of Buildings (DOB) recently sealed the back door [...]

Queens tops city in illegal conversions
Queens tops city in illegal conversions
News Alexa Altman 9/12/2012 at 1:45PM

Some landlords attempting to maximize profits are illegally converting spaces at a potentially deadly cost. Hazardous homes, transformed from single-family residences into multi-unit dwellings, have residents throughout Queens worried that faulty wiring and unsafe plumbing could cause fires, floods and possibly the loss of human lives. A majority of these residences, predominantly installed in cellars [...]

Douglaston home destroyed by fire had $1,000s in violations
Douglaston home destroyed by fire had $1,000s in violations
News Melissa Chan 8/22/2012 at 10:27AM

A Douglaston home under renovation, ravaged last week by a three-alarm fire, had incurred a laundry list of complaints and racked up thousands of dollars in violations, according to city agencies. The 39-12 Douglaston Parkway dwelling received 44 complaints since March 2008 from callers saying the ongoing construction work being done at the site exceeded [...]

DOB puts kibosh on 12-story hotel in Fresh Meadows
DOB puts kibosh on 12-story hotel in Fresh Meadows
News Philip Hertling 8/15/2012 at 3:30PM

A plan to build a hotel in Fresh Meadows was turned down by the city after the developer failed to comply with the building code and zoning regulations, officials said. The Department of Buildings (DOB) on July 31 rejected Mayflower Business Group’s proposal to put up a 12-story lodging house at 61-27 186th Street for [...]

Richmond Hill rezoning wreaks havoc on religious institution
News Terence M. Cullen 8/15/2012 at 11:16AM

A Hindu temple in Richmond Hill has been battling with the Department of Buildings (DOB), after the mandir was hit with several violations that both the building owner and priest say were incorrect and unfair. The DOB began to issue violations in January for working without permits on electricity and plumbing, said Ali Mahmood, who [...]

National Weather Service issues high wind advisory
News Billy Rennison 2/24/2012 at 12:39PM

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind watch and said damaging winds may blow through the city this weekend. Strong winds are expected to begin tonight and last into Saturday evening. Gusts may reach up to 60 mph, with sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the NWS. The strongest winds will [...]