DOB ramps up façade enforcement following architect’s death

first_imgErica Tishman, 60, was killed Dec. 17, when she was struck by a chunk of a 17-story office building at 729 Seventh Avenue. Eight months prior to the incident, the city identified damaged terra-cotta above the building’s 15th floor and issued a violation against the building’s owner, Himmel + Meringoff Properties. But the owner didn’t install a sidewalk shed or other protective equipment to protect passersby.The incident raised questions about the city’s enforcement system. An analysis by The Real Deal found that the city is owed nearly $3 million for certain façade-related infractions. Following Tishman’s death, the DOB inspected 1,331 façades that had been flagged for safety issues. The agency announced Monday that 220 of those properties didn’t have adequate protections for pedestrians.“New Yorkers should know that we are out in force holding owners feet to the fire, so they get repair work done as quickly as possible while still protecting the public,” DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca said in a statement. “With our enhanced inspection protocols and expanded staff, owners who choose to skirt their obligations will face swift consequences.”In addition to new inspections, the DOB is doubling the number of its façade inspectors (the agency currently has 11). The DOB also plans to conduct random reviews of 25 percent of buildings taller than six stories — in addition to the five-year inspection that’s already required.A hearing is also being held Monday on proposed rule changes that would increase the amount of experience and responsibilities required for exterior wall inspectors and raise certain façade penalties. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now 729 Seventh Ave and DOB Commissioner Melanie La Rocca (Credit: Google Maps)After a woman was killed earlier this month by debris that fell from a Midtown building, the city is ramping up its enforcement around unsafe building façades.The Department of Buildings announced Monday that at buildings where the façades’ condition is deemed “immediately hazardous,” the agency will conduct follow-up inspections within 60 days to ensure that proper protection — such as a sidewalk shed or netting — has been installed. If not, city contractors will be sent to perform the work at the owner’s expense. The agency will then perform a follow-up inspection after 90 days to ensure the protection is still in place and that work has commenced to correct the issue.Read moreAfter fatality, analysis shows façade rules widely ignored across cityWoman killed by falling façade at Himmel + Meringoff’s Midtown office buildinglast_img read more

Mississippi River hosts Gophers’ home event on Saturday

first_imgMississippi River hosts Gophers’ home event on SaturdayMinnesota is the only Division I team in the Head of the Mississippi regatta. Zach EisendrathSeptember 30, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the past two seasons, Minnesota’s rowing team has been on the bubble come NCAA tournament selection time.And for two consecutive years, the committee has denied the Gophers acceptance.Minnesota is determined not to repeat their recent history and make it to the NCAAs.But senior Katie Engel said it will take the team more than one specific adjustment to make the tournament.“We need to continue to work well together,” Engel said. “Everything we do now, all of the hard work and effort we put in will help us in the future. It’s not just the spring; it’s not one race, but everything we do now.”Their journey begins Saturday when the Gophers host the Head of the Mississippi. The race starts at the East River Flats behind Coffman Union and finishes on the west side of the river at Bohemian Flats.Last season, Minnesota accomplished more than in any other season in program history. Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 15 in the nation.After the first few weeks of practice, senior captain Cheryl Wick said she is encouraged by the team’s production.“It has been going really well,” Wick said. We seem to be a lot further along than a year ago at this time.” A majority of the team – more than 20 of the 36 rowers – competed on club teams during the offseason.Coach Wendy Davis credits her team’s fast start to how hard they trained this summer.“Instead of focusing on fitness the first couple weeks, we have been able to work on technique,” Davis said. “They are walking in here much fitter than ever before.”Wick said she believes this year’s team can be better than last year’s record-setting squad.“One thing we are trying to do this year is finish in the top ten (nationally),” she said. “Maybe even top six.”The Gophers will be the only Division I school taking part in this weekend’s regatta. Davis mentioned the Minnesota Rowing and Boat Clubs as the team’s toughest competition.Davis said she expects impressive results.“Nothing’s ever assured,” Davis said. “But with all the people returning, on paper we should be a better team.”last_img read more

Stewart Milne submits Aberdeen office plans

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Lionel Messi ends 12-year wait vs Chelsea: ‘He’s not just any player, he’s the best’

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi had to wait 12 years and endure a goal drought of eight games against Chelsea but he finally broke his duck in Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League last 16, first leg draw.The last time Barca played Chelsea, in a semi-final in 2012, Messi whacked a penalty against the bar which allowed the London side to claw their way back to an unlikely win at the Camp Nou.The diminutive Argentine atoned on Tuesday, giving Barcelona a precious away goal as he strode on to a pass from Andres Iniesta in the 75th minute and calmly side-footed the ball home to cancel out Willian’s opener for Chelsea 13 minutes earlier.”For us he is the best player in the world. He’s not just any player,” Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic said of Messi, who has now scored 98 Champions League goals compared to his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s 116 in the competition.”We have a lot of faith in him. We know that what we need to do is free him up as much as possible. And it’s not easy for him, he gets so little space, it’s hard for him.”Tuesday’s Champions League encounter was the ninth time that Messi had faced Chelsea, a run of games stretching back to 2006 when the sides met in the competition’s group stages.That kicked off a series of often epic encounters between the teams in the following six years.Yet even during the 2011/12 season, when Messi scored 73 goals for Barcelona, he failed to find the net in the two games he played against the Londoners.advertisementDespite his record against Chelsea, and the approach of his 31st birthday in June, he looked like Barcelona’s most likely route to goal on Tuesday, finding space in Chelsea’s otherwise disciplined defence and linking up dangerously with Iniesta on several occasions before the pair worked the equaliser.”We see that so often from him, either with his scoring or his passing for goals,” Barca defender Samuel Umtiti told reporters. “In the big matches he makes his mark.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more