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urbancanvas Winners Announced

On October 27, 2010, Mayor Bloomberg announced the winners of the urbancanvas Design Competition. Nearly 4,000 votes were cast in a public vote. The winning designs are: “Breathing Wall” by Monika Bravo, “Color Mesh” by Mauricio Lopez, “My Urban Sky” by Jen Magathan and “Green Screen,” by Corinne Ulmann.

The first installation was a 228 foot-long fence at the Atlantic Yards construction site in downtown Brooklyn and featured the “Color Mesh” design.

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Service Updates
High Pressure Boilers
Owners must retain a qualified boiler inspector to
perform annual high pressure boiler inspections. The Department will no longer conduct these inspections. New report filings, extensions, civil penalties and waivers are also now part of the inspection cycle.
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Resolve Violations Without Attending a Hearing
You now have the option to
resolve ECB violations without attending the hearing at ECB Court.
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Department Educates NYU Students about Illegal Conversions

On November 4, 2010, Director of Community Affairs Donald Ranshte spoke to students from New York University at the NYU Kimmel Center about

the dangers of illegal apartments. Donald provided students with tips on how to spot an illegal apartment and avoid renting one. Tips include being cautious about no lease apartments and avoiding rooms with no windows.

He also discussed the common practice of installing pressurized walls to make additional bedrooms. The installation of any floor-to-ceiling walls require a permit from the Department. Donald advised that these walls were illegal and created potential safety hazards.

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Did You Know... that all excavation contractors must notify DOB 24 to 48 hrs before digging. To notify, call (212) 227-4417. Learn more (PDF)

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November 8, 2010