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Local Law 11 Facade Repairs
726 Broadway

NYU will be undertaking standard Local Law 11 repairs to the facade of 726 Broadway. These repairs are subject to NYC Landmark Preservation Commission review and approval.


Information for Neighbors


What is Local Law 11?


Local Law 11 is a New York City Department of Buildings statute that requires facades maintenance on buildings of six or more stories every five years. First, a certified architect or engineer determines whether potentially dangerous deterioration has occurred on a building's exterior faces. The contractor then files recommendations with the city. Finally, the building owner schedules the necessary facade work and is required to complete it in a timely manner.

Local Law 11 work generally involves replacing masonry elements such as terra cotta, limestone, cast stone, and bricks; applying new mortar, caulking, and sealant; and patching spalled masonry. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect, rather than occurring over an entire building face. All of a building’s exterior walls are assessed for maintenance needs.

Project Timeline

  • The project will begin on or around August 1, and is scheduled to be completed by October 15, 2013.

Scope of Work


  • As in most Local Law 11 cases, work will be performed by contractors using a swing scaffold to lower themselves down the side of the building. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect.
  • Facade repairs will require the occasional grinding and removal of mortar and masonry. This work is done with small hand tools and will create some noise. A minimal amount of dust will be generated in the area immediately surrounding the work.
  • Sidewalk bridging will be erected around the perimeter of 726 Broadway to protect pedestrian traffic. Sidewalk bridging will extend 20' beyond the property line on both the Broadway and Lafayette sides of the building.
  • Roof protection will be applied to all adjacent rooftops. There is no residential disturbance expected.
  • If any asbestos containing material, or ACM, is detected in the mastic that lies behind the brick facade, contractors will implement safe abatement protocols to securely dispose of it. Contractors can only detect ACMs when they removed bricks; if they discover any, they will safely handle, remove, and bag the material, whereupon it will be transported to a protected ACM disposal unit.

Updates and Announcements


Construction Update, December 13, 2013

Local Law 11 work is now complete.

Construction Update, December 13, 2013

Local Law 11 work is now complete.

Construction Update, June 5, 2013: Tentative Project Details Established

Details for the Local Law 11 project at 726 Broadway have been established, included work hours, the project timeline, and the scope of work.

726 Broadway

Work hours


  • Monday - Friday
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • No weekend work is expected.
  • Neighbors will be given advanced notice of any changes to the work schedule.

Latest News

December 13 2013

Local Law 11 work is now complete. Sidewalk bridging is scheduled for removal.

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