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New York Times

November 20, 2012

As Solomon of the Rockaways, Deciding Which Homes Can’t be Saved
On November 20, 2012, the New York Times reported that in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy Department engineers, architects and inspectors worked tirelessly to assess buildings damaged by Hurricane Sandy in the City's hardest hit areas. For the piece, the Times did a ride-along with Queens Field Operations Chief John Murphy to get a firsthand look at the damage in the Rockaway Beach area.

New York Times

November 7, 2012

As Crane Hung in the Sky, a Drama Unfolded to Prevent a Catastrophe Below
On November 7, 2012, the New York Times did an in-depth story on the crane that collapsed on West 57th Street during Hurricane Sandy and the work the Department and the construction site’s experts did to develop a plan to secure the crane.

CBS National News

October 30, 2012

Engineers Assess New York City’s Dangling Crane
On October 30, 2012, CBS National News interviewed the Department’s two engineers, Michael Alacha and Timothy Lynch, who inspected the damaged crane on West 57th Street during the night of Hurricane Sandy. In the piece, Alacha and Lynch discuss how they pushed through severe weather and high winds to examine the crane and what they saw.

Crain's New York Business

October 8, 2012

Faster than a Speeding Bullet
On October 8, 2012, Crain's New York Business profiled the NYC Development Hub, the City's new state-of-the-art plan exam review center for the facility's one year anniversary. Since opening in October 2011, the Development Hub has approved 339 new building and major construction projects, generating $1.3 billion in estimated economic activity for the City. With the use of digital plans, these projects were approved up to 3 times faster than paper-based plans.

New York Times

July 9, 2012

Amid Collapsing Walls, a Bit of Luck for 3 Families
On July 9, 2012, the New York Times reported that in the midst of a partial building collapse at 241 Carroll Street in Brooklyn on July 2, Timothy Lynch, the Executive Director of the Department’s Forensic Engineering Unit, worked to make sure tenants were safe and help salvage their beloved belongings from the collapsing building.

New York Post

May 14, 2012

'Building' Up Brooklyn's Economy
On May 14, 2012, the New York Post reported that new building permits in Brooklyn increased by 62% in the first four months of 2012 as compared with the same time period in 2011. Majority of the increase was the result of more than 350 new housing undits underway in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Wall Street Journal

May 5, 2012

Permits Climb as Developers Up Their Bets
On May 5, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Manhattan is starting to shake "Its construction doldrums," as result of the country's economic crisis, after seeing a 169% spike in new building permits in the first four months of 2012 as compared with the same time period in 2011.

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle

April 24, 2012

DOB Unveils New Construction Safety Program
On April 24, 2012, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the Department unveiled a new program at its 2012 Build Safe/Live Safe conference to increase safety, 3D Site Safety Plans. The new program will allow Department inspectors to take a virtual, step-by-step tour of how a new building or major renovation will be constructed, visualize its complexities and challenges and review critical safety measures. The Real Deal also picked up the story.

Crain's New York Business

March 6, 2012

NYC Sees Biggest Building Permit Rise Since Crash
On March 6, 2012, Crain's New York Business reported that construction permits were up 14% in the first two months of 2012 from the same time period last year and demolition permits, a sign of developments coming down the pipeline, were up 36.7% during the same time frame. The Real Deal and the Huffington Post also picked up the story.

Fox5

February 8, 2012

Al's Heating Service
On February 8, 2012, Fox5 produced a story on Al Lakas, an unlicensed contractor who has been cited for performing illegal plumbing work in New York City. Investigators from the Department’s Internal Audits and Discipline Unit issued two criminal court summonses to Mr. Lakas for illegal work in 2009 and 2011.


Wall Street Journal

February 6, 2012

Simplifying the Signage
On February 6, 2012, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the Department's new Construction Information Panel Pilot Program, which encourages contractors and building owners to consolidate permit postings and contractor signage into one informational panel, making it easier for New Yorkers to learn about an ongoing construction project.

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