Department of Buildings


(Why landmarks and historic districts are good for NYC!)   FICTION:Too much of the city is off limits to development and construction. FACT:Only 3.6% of NYC is protected by landmark designation. This means that 96.4% of the city is unrestricted by any landmarks regulation. FACT: The Landmarks Preservation Commission and its staff spend the vast majority […]

Coffee Talk-DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri

  Title: Coffee Talk-DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, Between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan Date/ Time: December 3rd, 8:30am Link out: Click here Description: From regulating more than 950,000 buildings to upholding countless technical codes and safety regulations, the Department of Buildings juggles many of the city’s most […]

St. John’s Dorm Built in Jamaica Estates

Dorm Looms Over Neighborhood by Jillian Abbott , Queens Chronicle Reporter Attempts to halt or even slow St. John’s University from building a six-story dorm on Henley Road in residential Jamaica Estates appear to have failed. St. John’s confirmed that construction continues at the site, located at 172-14 Henley Road, despite an independent engineer’s report […]

Juniper Park Civic Beats Back Monster House

The Juniper Park Civic Association (JPCA) is today claiming victory over notorious developer, Tommy Huang, (destroyer of the officially landmarked RKO Keith’s Theater of Flushing) who illegally constructed a house at 57-39 Mazeau Street in Maspeth in 2006.  The house was built contrary to plans presented to and approved by the NYC Department of Buildings […]

Alterations Pulled on Lexington Avenue Residence to Circumvent Designation

Yesterday, scaffolding was erected to allow for disfiguring alterations to 859 Lexington Avenue and 861-863 Lexington Avenue, also known as the Kean Residence or Crocodile Hall. In an increasingly common tactic, permits have been filed for disfiguring work to historic buildings presumably to avoid landmark designation. Current permits from the DOB are to demolish the […]

Rally for Community Input for DoB Reform, Thursday, June 12

Dear Fellow New Yorker, Bloomberg acted fast after the most recent crane disaster: He held a closed-door meeting with construction industry insiders. He came out with a proposal that is a watered-down version of Jim Brennan’s proposals from 2007 and 2008. Yet nobody is standing up for the community groups who have been following DOB […]

Some thoughts about the new DoB Reforms

Some thoughts from our buddy Aaron of Greenwood Heights After chatting for about an hour about the Mayor’s and Speaker’s “brand new revolutionary safety 13 point plan,” I thought I’d let folks know where I stand (and hopefully some of you stand alongside on this tight rope the Mayor has strung). I use the NY Times […]

Shout Out for HDC from Brownstoner Big thanks to the folks at Brownstoner for their coverage of HDC’s newest issue of District Lines and its cover story on the danger of excavations to historic buildings. For the full issue, see

Governor Endorses Crackdown on Abusive Architects

Spitzer Signs Bill To Crack Down On Submission of Fraudulent Building Plans to the CityGovernor Spitzer has signed into law Assembly Bill #7746 – an important component of Assemblymember Jim Brennan’s legislative package to improve regulation of construction and development – giving the Department of Buildings Commissioner the authority to refuse to accept plans from […]

Update on DOB Doings in South Park Slope

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Greetings all, A day late, but never a dollar short, here’s my synopsis of the great meeting we had at the DOB on Monday 7/16/07 with Comm. Mossad, his 2 Deputy Commissioners, head plan examiner, both community affairs liaisons and lead inspector manager. From the community were […]

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