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New York State Passes 1 Million Confirmed COVID Cases, NYC’s 7-Day Average Citywide Positivity Rate Hits 9.39%

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Tri-State Area after the holidays. New York State has now surpassed 1 million confirmed cases. According to Johns Hopkins data, it’s the fourth state to hit that milestone after Texas, California and Florida. The state reported more than 15,000 new cases Saturday and 128 more deaths. Of those 15,000 […]

Cuomo Confirms 1st Case of New, More Contagious UK Strain of Virus in New York

New York joined a growing number of states on Monday to confirm the presence of a new strain of the coronavirus that’s believed to be at least 50 percent more contagious. A man in his 60s living in upstate New York has tested positive for the U.K. strain of the coronavirus, known as B.1.1.7., Gov. […]

Coronavirus Updates: Cuomo Tells Hospitals With Vaccine To “Use It Or Lose It”

New York City is in Phase 4 of reopening now, which includes zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and gyms. Citing rising hospitalization rates, Governor Andrew Cuomo suspended indoor dining in NYC starting Monday, December 14th. After being shut down for several weeks, NYC public schools partially reopened on December 7th for 3K-5th grade students, with students […]

Less than 20% of NYC hospital beds empty amid second COVID-19 surge

The number of available hospital beds are dwindling as a second surge of the coronavirus grips the New York City region, new state data reveals. The percentage of beds available in both New York City and Long Island is under 20 percent, according to the data released Tuesday. In the city, 81 percent of hospitals are filled […]

NYC fines construction firm $25K after worker killed in Arverne in 2019

The New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings has fined a New Jersey construction firm $25,000, more than 15 months after a falling wall killed one of its workers in Arverne by the Sea. The Department of Buildings issued more than a dozen other violations to the site’s general contractor and construction superintendent, […]

Lights, Camera, Construction!

The long lists of shows displayed on streaming sites, which seem to grow exponentially by the day, serve to tell you what’s on. But in New York City, they also might reveal a bit about the future of your block. Many of the studios that produced the television series, which have turned New York into […]

$2.3B office tower breaks ground in New York City despite COVID-19 challenges

Dive Brief: Although the coronavirus outbreak has decreased demand for office space across the country, developers broke ground this week on New York City’s largest commercial development since the pandemic hit the U.S. in March. When complete in 2023, the $2.3 billion One Madison Avenue office tower in Midtown South will include new retail space, an […]

New York City Sees Drop in Workplace Construction Site Injuries

The New York City Department of Buildings announced that it had issued a record 100,000 Site Safety Training cards as of October 29, according to Construction Dive. The distribution of Safety Training cards was mandated through New York City legislation in 2017. The practice of safety training has resulted in a 20% decrease in workplace injuries, […]

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Announces $2,025,431 In Coronavirus Violations

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic through Oct. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited 144 establishments for violations relating to coronavirus, resulting in proposed penalties totaling $2,025,431. OSHA inspections have resulted in the agency citing employers for violations, including failures to: Implement a written respiratory protection […]

Debris plunges from Midtown NYC skyscraper after unstable crane spins around in remnants of Hurricane Zeta winds

Wild winds spun a construction crane at the top of an under-construction skyscraper in Midtown Thursday night as debris from the building landed a block away. The crane, attached to an 85-story luxury apartment tower on W. 57th St. near Sixth Ave., ‘weathervaned’ — spun around in circles — and knocked debris to the ground […]

New York City Council extends construction worker safety training deadline to March 2021

New York City Council has passed a bill to extend the deadline for construction workers to complete 40 hours of safety training until late in the winter. Construction workers will now have until March 1, 2021 rather than Sept. 1 to finish the safety training mandated by 2017’s Local Law 196. Crain’s New York Business reported the […]

City reports decline in construction-related injuries, deaths

The city reported a nearly 19 percent decrease in construction-related injuries in the last fiscal year, a drop the Department of Buildings partially attributes to a new construction safety law. There were 534 construction-related injuries between July 2019 and June 2020, a drop from the 646 seen during the same time period in the previous […]

DOB Issued 550 Covid-19 Violations on NYC Construction Sites Since July

New York City’s Department of Buildings has issued 550 across the five boroughs since July. As reported by Crain’s NY, there were 213 violations in Brooklyn projects, 167 in Manhattan, 124 in Queens, 42 in the Bronx and four in Staten Island.   On the very first day of inspections, July 8, the DOB issued the […]

New York City Council extends construction worker safety training deadline to March 2021

New York City Council has passed a bill to extend the deadline for construction workers to complete 40 hours of safety training until late in the winter. Construction workers will now have until March 1, 2021 rather than Sept. 1 to finish the safety training mandated by 2017’s Local Law 196. Crain’s New York Business reported the […]

How the Construction Industry Is Adapting to the New Normal

As we approach the three-month milestone since the official restart of construction in NYC, it is an appropriate time to observe how the construction industry has responded to the required workplace health changes and what contract changes may need to be addressed in the future. While the construction industry has always considered safety to be […]

Court overturns decision blocking construction of NYC high-rises

A court decision blocking the city’s controversial plan to add three high-rises to the Two Bridges project was overturned by an appeals court Thursday. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, the City Council and local residents filed suit last year to stop the erection of the towers that would range between 60 and 80 stories high and would […]

Governor Cuomo Announces New Record High Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported to New York State

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 100,022 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high. Hospitalizations dropped to 429, a new low since March 16, and intubations dropped to 47, a new low since March 14. New York State’s infection rate has been below 1 percent for 23 straight days. […]

NJ’s Rising COVID Numbers Cause Concerns In NYC

New Jersey’s coronavirus numbers are heading back into dangerous territory—and setting off alarm bells in New York as well. Listen Live Now on WCBS Newsradio 880 In New Jersey, the coronavirus transmission rate stands at 1.49—its highest mark in months. On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy threatened to roll back some reopening measures. New York’s case numbers […]

Governor Cuomo Updates New Yorkers on State’s Progress During COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitalizations and intubations hit new lows since mid-March, and no deaths were reported in New York City for the second day in a row. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other […]

NYC Outdoor Dining Will Return Next Year—Even If Covid-19 Doesn’t

Open air, curbside dining was such a success in New York City that it will return next year, regardless of the pandemic, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who lauded the program—being used across the country—as a silver lining for the hard-hit hospitality industry. KEY FACTS De Blasio announced the planned return of the “Open […]