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After a Hot 2015, Fewer Building Permits are Being Issued This Year

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its report on building permits issued in the city. According to Crain’s New York Business, only 7,439 permits were issued so far this year. The agency predicts that, at this pace, only 13,000 permits will be given out to developers by the end of the year — far less than the 56,000 permits issued in 2015.

 

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New Real Estate Law Requires Disclosure of Shell Company Members

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A new law passed by the De Blasio administration concerning real estate sales in New York City requires disclosure of the names of shell company members.  Over half the luxury condos that sold for five million or more last year were purchased by LLCs.  Depending on the state in which the LLC was formed, individual members may not need to be named.  (For example, filing for an LLC in Delaware offers anonymity protection to its members).  Prior to the enactment of this law, it was easy for those owning property in NYC to avoid paying taxes on it by claiming residency outside the city. 

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Elevator Drops Injuring Two People

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Two construction workers were injured Wednesday August 6th, 2014, in Greenwich Village when elevator cables snapped, causing the elevator to drop half a floor. The workers were part of a 12-apartment renovation at the 56 West 11th St. apartment building.

According to reports, the workers had opened up the elevator car's ceiling hatch and had pushed pipes through the hatch.  When the pipes got tangled in the cables it caused the cables to snap.   

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83 year-old pedestrian woman miraculously survives a dangerous collision with a taxi cab

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On the morning of July 1st, 2014, near Columbus Ave and W. 60th Street, an elderly woman was struck by a Ford Escape Hybrid taxi cab while walking her bicycle across the street.

Luckily, two workers on a coffee break witnessed the incident and rushed to help her. In a phenomenal display of strength, the workers were able to lift the taxi cab up off the ground and remove the woman from beneath it.

FDNY medics transported the woman to Bellevue Hospital where she was treated for a broken wrist and several fractures to her right leg.

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New Report Urges Patient's Right to Know

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A new report examining negligent doctors, released by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), urges for changes in New York State.  The report argues that patients deserve to know if a doctor has previously been cited for negligence.

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Coney Island Housing Blaze Leaves Veteran NYPD Officer Dead

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A recent fire in Coney Island killed one veteran NYPD officer and critically injured another.  Both officers suffered severe smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation, which ultimately caused one officer to fall into coma while the other struggled to survive in the burn unit. The fire was allegedly set by a local teenager.

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Fatal Car Crash in Queens, New York

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What began as an innocent celebration of a young girls' birthday, turned devastating after four New York college students perished as the result of an automobile accident in Queens, New York. The crash prompted a criminal investigation and prompted New York City to reexamine its traffic signage.

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Brooklyn Building Collapses During Construction

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An increase in construction around New York City and its surrounding boroughs is generally viewed as a sign of an economic rebound. In recent years, New York has seen a dramatic increase in residential high-rise construction, hotel redevelopment, the initiation of large transportation projects, as well as an increase in construction projects in general. It is certainly a good economic indicator for New Yorkers that we are starting new buildings and that construction workers are given more opportunities in their profession.

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CT Man Sues New York City and Citi Bike

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It is likely that anyone who has traveled through New York City in the last year has noticed an increase in cyclists throughout one of the busiest cities in the world. This increase is the direct result of New York City’s public bike-sharing program named Citi Bike. The program, which sparked controversy in 2013 for its potential dangers and hazards, has for the most part remained relatively unscathed and has sustained a successful business free of personal injury lawsuits…until now. 

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