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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]uch hullabaloo was raised by housing advocates when Comptroller Scott Stringer put out a report claiming the Housing Preservation and Development was sitting on 1,125 vacant city-owned lots. About half of those are in Brooklyn, 363 in…
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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he launch of bricklaying robot SAM by Construction Robotics has caused rumblings that the end in nigh for human construction workers. SAM, short for semi-automated mason, can lay an astounding 3,000 bricks a day, six times more than…
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Fees Go Up and Down

Recently the DOB changed some of its application fees for residential buildings. Some fees went up, some went down. The news fees were originally laid out by LL56 of 2016, but only implemented into DOB systems on March 5, 2018. For the new fees, the DOB…
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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n early 2018 the Regional Plan Association (RPA) put forward its solution to New York’s longtime affordable housing crisis—remove residential FAR limitations in Manhattan. On its face the idea seems radical. The FAR cap, a New York…
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[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew York City Buildings in occupancy group E over 100 feet in height will soon have a building code fire to put out. Local Law 26 of 2004 mandates that these large office buildings be equip with a full system of automatic sprinklers by…
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[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n its ongoing effort to increase construction safety, the DOB is increasing penalties for work without permit violations and stop work orders with a series of Local Laws. Local Law 156 increases work without a permit fees. Work without…
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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he DOB released two local laws that will move buildings with high ECB fines closer to foreclosure. Tax liens and distressed properties were previously limited to owners that defaulted payment. Local Law 152 changes the definition of…
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Big Fines, No Permits

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew York City building owners owing heavy ECB fines will now have a tougher time pulling permits due to recently passed Local Law 160. If building owners owe more than $25,000 in “covered arrears” the DOB will not issue permits for new…
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In 2012, New York City’s Zone Green program amended the Zoning Code to allow wall thickness to be deducted from floor area provided the walls are energy efficient. City Planning claims New York buildings are responsible for 80 percent of the city’s carbon…
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test construction bill

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]ity Council passed its construction safety bill on September 27th, 2017. The bill makes additions to the Administrative and Building Codes to mandate worker safety training, creates a task force and imposes penalties for failure to…
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