Department of Buildings

‘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 [...]

DOB addresses illegal conversions
DOB addresses illegal conversions
News Queens Courier Staff 2/02/2012 at 4:31PM

The Department of Buildings was at the last open meeting of the Richmond Hill Block Association on January 25.  Liasons Anthony Iuliano and Byron Munoz were the guest speakers, explaining how illegal conversion complaints are processed through the system. They encouraged residents to follow through by giving complaint numbers to an elected official’s office or [...]

Auburndale Atrocity
Auburndale Atrocity
News Alexa Altman 1/30/2012 at 5:03PM

Contrasted against a sea of well-kept homes and pristinely-manicured lawns in Auburndale looms an abandoned property – a massive four-unit building left destitute, much to the dismay of locals who take pride in their neighborhood. The structure, located at 47th Avenue and 198th Street, once a single-family home, was converted into four separate houses by [...]

Abandoned Auburndale homes a blight
Abandoned Auburndale homes a blight
News Michael Pantelidis 12/27/2011 at 5:27PM

The Auburndale Civic Association is refusing to abandon hope that four vacant and forgotten homes will cease to be a blight on their community. The four attached, two-family houses, located on 198th Street, have been empty since being built several years ago, according to Henry Euler, president of Auburndale Civic. “They have been laying there [...]

Inclement Weather Advisory for Queens through Thursday morning
News Billy Rennison 11/22/2011 at 4:11PM

Heavy rains and strong winds are expected in the New York City area tonight into tomorrow.  Over two inches of rain may flood the area with winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Leaves may clog drain pipes exacerbating flooding.  Minor coastal flooding is also possible [...]