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The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Hurricane Sandy: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Perry Brass | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

I lived in New Orleans during the early 1980s, and people got so complacently used to the threat of hurricanes out in the Gulf that they gave "hurricane parties" when the waters started to brew up their own hot madness each year. But this was no party in New York. This was déjà vu all over again.

Report Reveals Safety Device Turned Off In Horrific Elevator Death

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 04.28.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — An important elevator safety mechanism was turned off when an advertising executive was crushed to death trying to take the lift to h...

Fixing Our Broken Building Inspection Process

Scott Stringer | Posted 02.20.2012 | New York
Scott Stringer

Last week's tragic elevator fatality in a Madison Avenue office building is the latest reminder that New York City's building inspection process is broken and in need of repair now -- before another senseless death.

WATCH: City Raids Illegal Hotels

Posted 07.16.2011 | New York

Perhaps tight-budgeted travelers should just stick to Couch Surfing. City inspectors are using a new law to raid, document and shutter illegal hote...

Matt Sledge

Synagogue Claims Right To Run 'Illegal Transient Hotel'

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.10.2011 | New York

In a case winding its way through courts, a synagogue is claiming a Constitutional right to run a hotel that would otherwise not conform to city codes...

Red Cross Assists Evicted Bushwick Trailer Park Hipsters

Posted 06.14.2011 | New York

The Metro reported Thursday that everyone's favorite trailer park hipsters have been evicted from their warehouse on Meserole Street in Bushwick, and ...

Death In Balcony Fall Not The First Death For NYC Landlord

HuffPost Citizen Reporting | Bernie Mooney | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Produced by HuffPost's Local Citizen Reporting Team Two weeks ago, 24-year-old Connor Donohue fell to his death after a faulty railing gave way on hi...

La Esquina, Celeb Eatery, Shuttered By City Because Of 'Perilous' Building Conditions

dnainfo.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Celebrity hot spot La Esquina has been shuttered by the city following a report that the building conditions are "imminently perilous to life." La Es...

Mob-Tied Building Inspectors Caught Taking Bribes, Dealing Drugs

New York Post | Murray Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

At least six city building inspectors -- some with ties to a powerful crime family -- were videotaped taking bribes at construction sites, and some we...

NYC Building Inspectors To Be Tracked By GPS After Crane Collapse

AP | SARA KUGLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City will track its hundreds of building inspectors with GPS technology to make sure they are actually doing the inspections...