|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.
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.
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.
|Brooklyn Daily Eagle|
June 24, 2010
|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.
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.
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
, 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:
- "Urban Umbrellas at Your Service," Cobble Hill Courier, January 29, 2010
- "New ‘Urban Umbrellas’ to Replace NYC’s Sidewalk Sheds," The Epoch Times, January 21, 2010
- "City Unfurls “Umbrellas," New York Post, January 22, 2010
- "Meet ‘The Urban Umbrella’ – NYC’s New Sidewalk Shed," Gothamist, January 21, 2010
"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:
- "Easing Electric Bills with a Cool Paint Job," Daily News, May 19, 2010
- "NYC Launches Cool Roofs Program," New York Construction, May 18, 2010
- "Keeping Things Cool with White Rooftops," The Epoch Times, May 11, 2010
- "NYC Cool Roofs Program Launches," Gothamist, May 12, 2010
- "Buildings, Con Ed Launch Cool Roofs Program," The Wave, May 14, 2010
- "A million Square Feet of Cool Rooftops," Downtown Express, May 14, 2010
- "City Rooftops get ‘Cool’ Makeover," The Queens Courier, May 18, 2010
- "Cool White Roofs for a Sizzling Hot City," Queens Chronicle, May 20, 2010
- "Con Ed, City Launch Cool Roofs Program Developed in LIC," Times Ledger, May 20, 2010
- "Buildings Commissioner Paints Rooftop White to Cut Air Conditioning Costs," DNAinfo, June 30, 2010
- "DOB Cools Rooftop of Agency Headquarters," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 1, 2010
- "JetBlue Keeps Its Cool by Painting LIC White," Times Ledger, July 8, 2010
- "Pols Work to Foster Responsible Energy Use," Downtown Express, July 21, 2010
"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:
- “NY Designers Nicing, Icing Installed Sites,” The Architects Newspaper Blog, July 15, 2010
- "City Launches Competition to Beautify Construction Sites," Real Estate Weekly, July 7, 2010
- "City Design Competition Seeks to Beautify Construction Sites," DNAinfo, July 19 2010
- "Turning Construction Sites into Works of Art," Downtown Express, July 21, 2010
- "Artists Submit Urban Canvas Design," The Wave, July 30, 2010
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