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Gas Leaks in Buildings Are Common and Often Not Inspected

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A WNYC investigation finds that potentially dangerous gas pipes across the city are not being checked and fixed because Department of Buildings inspectors don't have access.

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New Tech City

Airbnb Case Inches Forward

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Remember Nigel Warren? He’s the East Village man who racked up a pile of violation notices after renting out his apartment on Airbnb for three nights, while he was out of town. The fines could cost him thousands of dollars. WNYC reported his story in February.

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The Empire

Department of Investigations gets buildings corruption bust

Thursday, September 22, 2011

File this under the "You Don't See That Every Day" category:

The city's Department of Investigations busted a construction superintended for trying to bribe an undercover Department of Buildings investigator, posing as an inspector. The faux-inspector was allegedly offered $1,000 to keep the building from being cited for violations.

The Department of Buildings has a history of being plagued by corruption.

DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said in a statement, “Bribing a City inspector is risky business that leads to arrest and prosecution. I thank the Buildings Inspector for reporting the incident. DOI will continue to work with the Buildings Department to expose and stop individuals who undermine New Yorkers’ safety by trying to evade the City’s construction codes.”

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WNYC News

What Happens When No One Wants to Own a Place

Monday, August 15, 2011

Throughout New York state, local governments are trying to figure out who to hold responsible for the upkeep of thousands of foreclosed residential properties.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards Construction Site Gets A Face Lift

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Artist Mauricio Lopez designed the bold geometric patterns of “Color Mesh,” now adorning the construction fence along one side of the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards project.

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