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Something New on Avenue D; DOB Responds to Crane Verdict

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EAST VILLAGE?We've dabbled in the three-sided new Lower East Side Girls Club before, but now that ground has broken at 101 Avenue D on the new 12-story building, let's revisit. In addition to the 30,000-square-foot headquarters for the group, the building?from a slew of agencies and developer the Dermot Company?will also have some retail storefronts and 78 rental residences (50% affordable housing, 50% market rate but rent stabilized). Construction is expected to wrap in 2012, and you can see more renderings of architects Custogeorge Tooman & Allen's design here. [CurbedWire Inbox]

NYC?Department of Buildings commish Robert LiMandri released a statement following today's acquittal of the crane rigger in that fatal Turtle Bay crane collapse, but he didn't mention the trial or its outcome: "This tragic collapse serves as a reminder of the importance of taking every possible safety precaution on any construction site. It is clear that shortcuts, in order to save time and money, can have devastating consequences. New York City has among the toughest crane regulations in the world, and since the collapse, we have further increased our oversight of the crane industry, including new laws, new requirements and more inspector training than ever before." [CurbedWire Inbox]