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NYC's DOB Releases Public Dashboard, Statistics

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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In an effort to modernize and increase transparency, New York City’s Department of Buildings has released a NYC Construction Dashboard to the public, effectively displaying the city’s construction data gathered since the year 2000.

“This is a new era for the Department of Buildings,” DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler said. “This information is one piece to improve our consistency and transparency.”

Department of Buildings

In an effort to modernize and increase transparency, New York City’s Department of Buildings has released a NYC Construction Dashboard to the public, effectively displaying the city’s construction data gathered since the year 2000.

Officials say the dashboard, which breaks down statistics such as permits and employment per city borough, will be updated quarterly.

The first report confirms that the city’s construction is at an all-time high.

“It’s not your imagination: Construction is at a record high in New York City,” said Chandler. “Our new dashboard gives New Yorkers an in-depth look at the development of our built environment, covering construction in your neighborhood, as well as citywide trends.” 

Other highlights:

  • DOB issued a record 88,838 construction permits over the last two quarters, eclipsing the previous high, set in the spring and summer of 2016.
  • Manhattan Community Board 5, which covers midtown south of Central Park, has by far the most construction activity in the city. There have been more than 13,000 permits issued so far this year in CB5—nearly double the number in Manhattan Community Board 8, covering the Upper East Side, which had the second-highest number of permits issued.
  • In 2016, East Midtown, Bushwick, and Gowanus had the most demolitions. In New York City, demolitions typically are done to make room for new development, so look for construction activity to pick up in these neighborhoods.
  • In 2016 and so far this year, the South Shore of Staten Island had the most permits for new buildings—primarily single-family homes.

“DOB has always been sitting on a mountain of data—but now we’re marshaling this information to better inform the public and improve our own operations,” Chandler said.

The dashboard is part of the DOB’s “Building One City Initiative,” meant to modernize and improve the agency’s transparency.


Tagged categories: Construction; Demolition; Ethics; Government

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