Earlier this year, the New York City buildings department released an online map tracking every single major construction project across the city, including estimated size, cost, and number of dwelling units.
As of October 2, 2018, there are 7,436 active permits for 189,261,493 total square feet worth of buildings across the five boroughs. NYC has seen a massive upswing in construction over the past couple of years, with a new city record 168,233 construction permits issued in 2017 – the second highest year, 2007, had 125,579 construction permits.
Unsurprisingly, Brooklyn and Queens have the highest number of active construction projects at the moment, with 2,793 and 2,451 respectively. While these two boroughs are the most construction-heavy at the moment, Manhattan has almost as many in total as those two combined, with 73,489 compared to the 42,830 and 32,401 of Brooklyn and Queens.
“Before you had to be somewhat of an analyst or a wonk,” City Building Commissioner Rick D. Chandler said in an interview with the New York Times earlier this year. “This is the natural evolution of what we’ve done over the last four-plus years: to make it accessible to every New Yorker, regardless of your industry or interest.”
On top of offering a far more comprehensive look at the building projects across the city, it provides specific information on some of the most frequently asked questions, including the largest projects (a 3.9 million square foot building on 500 West 33rd Street), the tallest new buildings (a proposed 98-story building on 217 West 57th Street), the most expensive new projects (the $576.68 million building on 500 West 33rd Street) and more.
While this new tool provides a better look at the city’s construction industry, it doesn’t cover the most important part of any project – safety.
“It’s great to have statistics,” said Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Executive Director Andrew Berman. “But the single most important thing the buildings department needs to do is enforce regulations that ensure that a building is done safely and conforms with what’s allowed to be built on that site.”
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