Williamsburg Apartment Made Of Shipping Containers

You may recall pioneering couple David Boyle and Michele Bertomen, who popped up on our radar after they converted a small plot of land at 351 Keap Street in Williamsburg into a house...made of five shipping containers. Their adventures building a 1,600-square-foot architectural anomaly has inspired others to embrace the boxed life. The cute couple has opened up about the difficulties of building their home (banks wouldn't give them a loan). Take a look inside their house in the video below—and lest you think living in shipping...

Two structural engineers explain what they learned while preserving historic masonry in NYC

RE-CONSTRUCTED TERRACOTTA FACADE. THE VARIATIONS IN COLORING BETWEEN THE NEW TERRACOTTA BLOCKS (BOTTOM OF THE PHOTO) AND THE SALVAGED TERRACOTTA BLOCKS (TOP OF THE PHOTO) ARE APPARENT.Although New York City is continually evolving, its architecture remains a testament to its rich history. For example, townhouses built from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties evoke lavish lifestyles of luxury. Moreover, ornate terra-cotta facades are a tribute to the Renaissance Revival style, inspired by the Italian Renaissance and characterized by classical details; these facades are the...

New Deputy Mayor "Alicia Glen" Gets High Hopes From NYC Architects

The choice of Goldman Sachs alum Alicia Glen to be Bill de Blasio's new deputy mayor for economic development and housing is getting the thumbs-up from the city's architectural sector—especially the addition of "housing" to her title."She's perfectly situated, with both the title and the mandate, to carry out the campaign promises of the de Blasio administration," said Rick Bell, executive director of the American Institute of Architects' New York chapter, in an interview with The Insider.But Ms. Glen's task will be an uphill one,...

Governors Island to Open Daily in 2014

Visitors look over an area of Governors Island open for public preview on the last day of the park's 2013 season, Manhattan, New York, Sept. 29, 2013. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)NEW YORK—Governors Island will be open seven days a week when it reopens in May next year, according to the Trust for Governors Island.The island will be open daily from May 24 to Sept. 28, 2014. It previously opened only on weekends.The ferries, which used to be free, will now cost $2 round trip. The expanded...

Midtown Rezoning gets shot down by City Council

Courtesy DCPWith the support of incoming mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council has squashed the Bloomberg administration’s plan to allow for the development of taller buildings in East Midtown. The decision marks the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s 12-year term, leaving behind a legacy that will likely be remembered for reshaping the cityscape with large-scale development.“We are obviously disappointed in this decision. This plan would have created tens of thousands of good paying jobs for New Yorkers in every borough and resulted in tens of millions...

Work without a Permit Violation NYC (ECB)

Did you recently receive a work without a permit violation ?This is one of the most common given violation to home owners in NYC and the boroughs by dept of buildings (DOB)Usually for illegal work done in your basement for an illegal apartment, illegal deck, awning, canopy, plumbing work, construction work & Etc.These work without permits can off set a civil penalty of a minimum $500.00 for 1-2 Family and $5000.00 for 3 family buildings, multiple dwellings, Commercial, and Mixed use buildings.This does not even...

Work without a Permit Violation NYC (ECB)

Did you recently receive a work without a permit violation ?This is one of the most common given violation to home owners in NYC and the boroughs by dept of buildings (DOB)Usually for illegal work done in your basement for an illegal apartment, illegal deck, awning, canopy, plumbing work, construction work & Etc.These work without permits can introduce a civil penalty of a minimum $500.00 for 1-2 Family and $5000.00 for 3 family buildings, multiple dwellings, Commercial, and Mixed use buildings.This does not even include...

Free Fitness Classes in NYC! All Five Boroughs

NYC Shape up! A program sponsored by NYC Health, NYC dept of Parks and Recreation, NYC Housing Authority + More! Offering free fitness classes in all five Boroughs of NYC. From aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. Please CLICK HERE to see times and dates. Program starts first week of 2013 in January. Enjoy! Engineering Designs for Fire Alarms - Sprinklers - Mechanical - Plumbing - Electrical - Structural Concrete cast in place & Testing - Demolition - Excavation - Sheeting Shoring and Bracing - Underpinning + More...

NYC development HUB generates $1.3 Billion in economic activity

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced a major expansion of the NYC Development Hub, which has approved more than 330 new buildings and major renovation projects and generated more than $1.3 billion in estimated economic activity in the City since it launched in October 2011. The Development Hub is a state-of-the-art plan review center created to accelerate the construction project approval process by accepting and reviewing digital construction plans. Under a new program, called Hub Self-Service, licensed design professionals can now...

Safety tips to prepare construction sites for winter by NYC departmentof buildings commissioner

10 Safety Tips to Prepare Construction Sites for the Winter SeasonBuildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today reminded property owners and contractors to prepare their construction sites for the winter season by implementing basic safety measures. As the cold weather approaches, construction professionals should take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their workforce and the public at their construction sites. Since 2008, the Department has launched several public safety campaigns focused on increasing construction and building safety, including distributing flyers warning against the dangers of...