The city Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigation announced the findings today from their investigation into the deadly 2011 elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue that killed Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in rather horrific fashion, and both agencies confirmed that maintenance workers failed to repair the elevator up to city safety standards days prior to the incident.
Crime and Punishment
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office yesterday opened up its manslaughter trial against the owner of a construction crane involved in a 2008 accident that killed two workers, and prosecutors said it was that man’s greed that lead to the fatal crane collapse, according to the Associated Press.
Prosecutors painted James Lomma, the head of New York Crane & Equipment Corp., as a man who passed on a crucial repair job on the faulty crane in favor of the bottom line.
SOC It to Me
The main focus of the Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s State of the City speech today may have been on taking another crack at fixing the city’s schools and streamlining its government, but this is still Mike Bloomberg, remaker of skylines and rebuilder of waterfronts, so there was bound to be a lot of development goodies studding the speech.
Aside from the Kingsbridge Armory announcement, which was previewed yesterday, the proposal that most jumped out was one for the heart of Midtown. “In the area around Grand Central, we’ll work with the City Council on a package of regulatory changes and incentives that will attract new investment, new companies and new jobs,” the mayor said.
You thought your apartment was bad.
It is pretty well-known that New Yorkers will do almost anything to live in the city, and there are plenty of landlords more than eager to take advantage of them. One trick is to rent out places–attics, basements, factories, garages… you name it–that are not legally inhabitable. The city Read More
Five months after the Department of Buildings approved a proposal for renovation at 135 Bowery, building owner Ricky Wong received an unwelcome letter from the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.
The LPC wanted to designate his small, three-story building, a specimen of the early 19th-century Federal style, as a city landmark. Such a ruling would likely Read More
It was startling, that day when Munich-based businessman Ernst Georg Hartner looked out the north-facing window of his condo at the lavish Jumeirah Essex House and found his Central Park view corrupted by a greenhouse-like structure perched on the ledge abutting his next-door neighbor’s apartment.
Perplexed, Mr. Hartner contacted the neighbor. And Read More
Manhattan real estate is an extreme thing. One morning the entire facade of a vacant five-story Tribeca walk-up will crumble, and four months later that building’s owner will put his Central Park brownstone on the market for well over $10 million.
After 71 Reade Street’s collapse during the Buildings Department’s Construction Safety Week in late Read More
Downtown’s ever popular Beatrice Inn was apparently too popular on Friday, April 3.
The city’s Department of Buildings shuttered the subterranean celebrity hangout at 285 West 12th Street in the wee hours of the morning after counting 163 patrons inside the roughly 2,000-square-foot space, according to the agency’s Web site.
That’s 38 bodies Read More
From the Associated Press (via Crain’s): "Due to high winds forecast for the area, the New York City Department of Buildings will be conducting spot inspections of construction sites to make sure all equipment is secured. The National Weather Service has forecast wind gusts up to 50 mph on Tuesday."
Even during these dreary times, the ambition that carries on in Manhattan real estate is practically Shakespearean. People who spend many millions of dollars on a chunk of luxury property one day seem to believe that chunk will be sellable the next for many millions more.
On Aug. 11, a limited liability corporation controlled Read More