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The Boston Globe

December 10, 2010

Cambridge artist's winning design unveiled in New York City.
The Boston Globe covered the unveiling of the second urbancanvas design installation, which went up at the Hunter College School of Social Work on December 10th. The artwork was created by Boston-based designer Jen Magathan. Urbancanvas is beautifying the City by installing public art on temporary protective structures at construction sites.


September 28, 2010

DOB Officials Share How To Spot An Illegal Apartment.
Following an undercover investigation into illegal apartments advertised on Craigslist, the Department issued tips for renters that were featured on NY1's New York One For You segment.

New York Times: CityRoom Blog

September 23, 2010

City Says Investigation Uncovers Illegal Apartments.
Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner LiMandri announced the results of a 5-month long undercover operation to expose illegal conditions in apartments for rent throughout New York City at a September 23 press conference.

The Architects Newspaper

September 20, 2010

Canvassing for Votes With NYC Construction Fence Finalists.
With more than 100 design submissions, the urbancanvas design competition announced eight finalists and encouraged the public to select winning designs to be installed on construction sites across the City.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

August 26, 2010

Great Neck Man Charged With Bribery Attempt.
A tip from a Department of Buildings inspector led to the arrest of a Great Neck businessman for trying to bribe the inspector to overlook electrical violations in a multi-unit residential property in Brooklyn. Since 2003, DOI has arrested 76 individuals in investigations originating from tips from Buildings Department personnel.

The Staten Island Advance

August 8, 2010

Island's Chief Engineer Receives Proclamation from Molinaro.
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro honored Borough Engineer Sai-Yung Wat by declaring “Sai-Yung Wat Day” at a Borough Hall Proclamation ceremony. The proclamation was in recognition of Mr. Wat's individual excellence award at the Department's first-ever Commissioner's Awards for Excellence ceremony in June. The Department also honored six other Staten Island residents at the ceremony: Eyal Amos, Andrew Bruschi, Paul D'Alessio, Gary Grandstaff, Sam Samaan and Gloria Janis.
NBC News

July 10, 2010

Queens Families Move to Solar Energy to Power their Homes
On July 10, 2010 NBC News reporter Andrew Siff joined Buildings Commissioner LiMandri at the home of a Queens family who installed solar panels on their roof after receiving DOB permits and approvals. The solar panels have lowered the family’s monthly electric bills to under $10.00 a month and have inspired others in the community to install solar panels to improve energy efficiency in the area.


July 19, 2010

"City Design Competition Seeks to Beautify Construction Sites."
DNAinfo featured a story on the urbancanvas Design Competition, which will give professional artists the opportunity to create a set of printed art designs for temporary protective structures at construction sites throughout the New York City. 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

June 24, 2010

Department of Buildings Volunteers to Build Habitat Homes in Brooklyn
On June 24, 2010, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and 20 Department employees volunteered for Habitat for Humanity-New York City to build homes for 16 families in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

June 11, 2010

Solar Panel Tax Abatements Available
On June 11, 2010, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri announced that the City is seeking solar panel tax abatement applications from Brooklyn building owners to encourage the use of sustainable technology.

NBC News

June 9, 2010

Video Shows Potentially Unsafe Working Conditions at Construction Site
On June 9, 2010, NBC News reported that Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri highlighted the importance of safety measures at construction sites after viewing a video of a worker on a scaffold without a harness in midtown Manhattan. 
WNYC Radio

April 26, 2010

Construction Safety Week-Watch Your Step
On April 26, 2010, WNYC Radio reported that the Department of Buildings in partnership with other City agencies hosted several events that educated the community, property owners, and members of the construction industry during the sixth annual Construction Safety Week. 
Staten Island Advance

April 18, 2010

Buildings Department Makes Push for Safety Retaining Walls
On April 18, 2010, the Staten Island Advance reported that a Department of Buildings inspector educated residents on how to recognize the signs that a retaining wall is in need of repair. The efforts are part of the Department's initiative to offer penalty free, no charge inspections that will help ensure the proper maintenance of retaining walls.

Crain's New York Business

March 25, 2010

Developers Jump on Program for Stalled Projects
On March 25, 2010, Crain's New York Business reported that the Department of Building’s Stalled Sites program, which aims to facilitate work at construction sites that are not being properly maintained because construction has been stalled.
More on Stalled Sites:
  • "DOB: Activate Long Idle Work Sites," The Queen’s Gazette, April 28, 2010
  • "Buildings Department Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity," ABC News, June 18, 2010
    ABC’s 5:00 news broadcast featured a segment on the Buildings Department and Habitat and Humanity Buildings Commissioner LiMandri joined 20 volunteers from DOB to build Habitat for Humanity homes for 16 hard working families in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

January 21, 2010

Fed Up with Scaffolding? New Type Unveiled at MetroTech
On January 21, 2010, the Brooklyn Daily Ealge reported that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri unveiled a new design for sidewalk sheds as part of the UrbanSHED program, an International design competition launched by the City of New York.

New York Post

January 12, 2010

New Seminars for Backyard Bar Owners
On January 12, 2010, the New York Post reported that the Department of Buildings and the Small Business Administration worked with Community Board 1 to create a seminar that will educate backyard garden owners about rules and regulations pertaining to their outdoor spaces.

Daily News

January 4, 2010

City plumber Anthony Thompson risks it all as he heads off for reserves duty as G.I. in Afghanistan
On January 4, 2010, the Daily News reported that Department plumbing inspector, Anthony Thompson, was profiled in the Daily News for his work helping the military build plumbing systems at U.S. bases and in Afghan villages.


"City’s New ‘Umbrella’ Sidewalk Scaffold Design Revealed," DNAinfo, January 21. 2010.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri reveal the winner of the urbanSHED design competition, sponsored by the Department of Buildings, the American Institute of Architects, the Alliance for Downtown New York and several others. The goal of the new designs is to improve the appearance of sidewalk sheds throughout New York City’s construction sites.
More on UrbanSHED:

°Cool Roofs:
"City Leaders Launch ‘NYC Cool Roofs Program,"
NY1, May 11, 2010.
NY1 broadcasted LIVE from the launch of the NYC °Cool Roofs program, collaboration between NYC Service and the NYC Buildings Department to coat 1 million square feet of rooftops around the City with a reflective white coating.

More on °Cool Roofs:

"NYC Launches urbancanvas Design Competition," New York Construction, June 24, 2010.
New York Construction News published a story on the urbancanvas Design Competition, a contest that allows professional artists to create designs that will eventually be displayed on temporary protective structures throughout New York City as a way to beautify its streetscapes.

More on urbancanvas:

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