Citywide Campaign on
Dangers of Illegal
On Monday, November 16, the Department launched a three-week citywide campaign
to advise New Yorkers about the dangers
of illegal conversions. Inspectors
and volunteers are teaming up with the Fire Department to
distribute more than 60,000 flyers in all five
boroughs, educating residents about
specific risks of living in an illegal
conversion and how to recognize the
warning signs of unsafe living
conditions. Flyers are being given out twice a day,
in the early morning and early evening,
at bus stops and subway stations in
neighborhoods where 311 receives the
most illegal conversion complaints.
The flyers are available in 11 different
languages and can be found on the
Department's website at nyc.gov/buildings.
View the flyer.
View photos from the campaign.
On August 13, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed two laws to increase bicycle access and encourage cycling in NYC.
Bikes in Buildings
The Bikes in Buildings Law (Local Law 52 of
2009) encourages bicycle commuting by
providing cyclists with
during their workday. The law requires
commercial office buildings to provide
access to employees who request to bring
their bikes into the building. The law
goes into effect on December 11. Learn
more at the Department of
Bicycle Parking in Public Parking Garages
Local Law 51 of 2009 requires public parking garages to provide at least one
bicycle parking space for every ten car
parking spaces. The new law, which
went into effect on November 11, is overseen
by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Parking garage operators may apply for a
waiver to the new requirement if compliance
violates existing zoning regulations for
Visit the "Bicycle
Access" page in the Sustainability section of our website to
learn more about these laws.