From the NY Times:
In their canvas of the building at 2033 86th Street in Bensonhurst, which was badly damaged but not gutted in the fire Jan. 30, investigators from the Buildings Department found that apartments on the second and third floor were illegally subdivided, including one two-bedroom apartment on the third floor that had been converted into four separate units.
Evidence of illegal conversion turned up by the investigators included the kinds of locks on the doors and differing ages of wood, Mr. Sclafani said. Fire officials said that at least 18 people lived in the two floors of apartments above a sushi restaurant.
The Buildings Department was to issue violations Friday evening to the company that owns the building, 20-35 86th Street Realty, for illegally increasing occupancy, working without a permit, and failure to provide two means of egress, Mr. Sclafani said. Each violation carries a maximum fine of $25,000.
Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a statement: “The illegal subdivisions in this building should have never been built. Property owners must understand they have a responsibility to maintain their property in a safe manner, and an illegal conversion can put people’s lives in serious danger. Putting a profit ahead of public safety is unacceptable.”
That's true, Mr. LiMandri, although your boss, Bloomturd, doesn't seem to understand that.
How did it come to pass that your inspectors caught wind of something amiss that this address back in 2008, but found upon inspection in 2009 that there was no illegal conversion?
Can't wait for the explanation on that one. Not that anyone in the media has bothered to ask...