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DOB Announces Undercover Probe into Illegal Apartments

On September 23, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner LiMandri announced the results of an undercover operation to crack down on illegally converted dwellings and hold property owners accountable for putting potential tenants and first responders at risk. Department investigators searched Craigslist for apartment rental listings and posed as potential tenants in order to inspect buildings in all five boroughs. Investigators discovered illegal living conditions in 54 of the 62 rental apartments inspected.
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Tips for Finding a Safe Rental Apartment
Illegal dwellings endanger the safety of occupants, neighbors and first responders. To help New Yorkers looking for a rental apartment, the Department has created 10 tips for recognizing an illegal dwelling.
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DOB Educates Bronx Residents About Illegal Conversions
On September 17, Department employees distributed flyers at the East 180th Street subway station in the Bronx to educate New Yorkers about the dangers of illegal conversions. The flyers, available in English and ten other languages, help residents recognize illegal conversions in their own living space and also include
important recommendations on how to stay safe, including reminders for working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

Earlier the same week, firefighters rescued four people from a building fire in an illegally subdivided cellar in the Bronx. Since November 2009, the Department has handed out more than 100,000 flyers.
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Service Updates

BEST & Special Ops Move
The BEST Squad and Special Operations Team have moved

from 1 Centre Street.

The units are now located:
            280 Broadway, 5th Floor
            New York, NY 10007

Resolve Violations Without Attending a Hearing
You now have the option to
resolve ECB violations without attending the hearing at ECB Court. To do so, you must admit guilt and pay the fine prior to the hearing.
Learn more

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Climate Week NYC 2010

On September 21, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford joined a number of local volunteers, community members and other City officials to coat the roof of Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as a part of the NYC °CoolRoofs Program.

This event concluded Climate Week NYC 2010 and brought the City closer to its goal of coating one million square feet of rooftop this year. This effort will ultimately reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the entire city.

Learn more about NYC °CoolRoofs

Did You Know... that you still have time to vote for your favorite urbancanvas design. The top four designs will be available for installation on temporary protective structures throughout the City.

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October 1, 2010