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 [email protected] 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 […]

CB7 Community Forum on 420 42nd Street

From Aaron Brashear, Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Hts., [email protected] Rainy greetings, Great community turn out! Packed the house at CB7, at least 65-75 folks came out to ask questions of the DOB, CB7 members and attend a presentation of “Know your rights!” as it pertains to new development in Sunset Park and all of CB7 […]

NYC Construction STILL at all time high

From Metro New York Housing permits up, but what’s the cost?City becoming ‘gated community,’ advocates charge by amy zimmer / metro new york FEB 6, 2007 MANHATTAN. As if further proof was needed of the city’s construction boom, there’s new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2006, 30,927 residential housing construction permits were issued […]

Self-certification & Landmarks discussed at City Council

From Gotham Gazette – Do-It-Yourself Regulation: Stated Meeting 2/1/2007by Joshua BrusteinFebruary 5, 2007 Councilmember Jimmy Vacca sees something threatening his corner of the Bronx. Houses are torn down and bigger ones go up in their places. Calm neighborhoods turn noisy. Cars clog once quiet streets. The city’s zoning laws are supposed to protect Throg’s […]