Brooklyn DA indicts 5 in asbestos and false permits scheme

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez indicted five New Yorkers on Wednesday in an alleged asbestos removal scheme at a luxury duplex renovation in the Greenwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. The accused include expediter Scott Schnall, who was previously “banned for life” by the Department of Buildings, after it found Schnall had “regularly used his professional filing[…]

Hundreds of protesters call on NFL to boot Related’s Steve Ross from committee

After briefly blocking traffic on Park Avenue, 37 protesters wearing T-shirts saying “Step down Steve Ross” were arrested on Wednesday and carted off in a large white police bus. The arrests were expected — speakers repeatedly alluded to risking arrest during a rally held outside the National Football League’s headquarters in Midtown East. Hundreds of[…]

Ashkenazy buys AMC theater for $53M

Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation bought a movie theater on the Upper West side for $53 million, after the Bromley Companies attempted to block the sale. The Midtown-based firm purchased 2318 Broadway from American Multi-Cinema, according to court documents and a source with knowledge of the sale. As part of the deal, AMC movie theater will lease[…]

Building in the shadows: 3.2M sf of new construction being built with this permit

Among the many skyscrapers sprouting up along “Billionaires’ Row,” there is one that’s technically not a new building at all. JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group’s skinny condo project at 111 West 57th Street is classified as an alteration of the Steinway Hall building – an alteration that adds 300,000 square feet in floor[…]

Avery Hall Investments files plans for Brooklyn resi tower

Avery Hall Investments filed plans to build a 204,000-square-foot residential building at One Boerum Place in Downtown Brooklyn, according to data from the Department of Buildings. The 21-story building will have 122 residential units, according to the filing, which was “pre-filed” on May 2. Midtown South-based Avery Hall and partners Allergra Holdings and Aria Development[…]