Category: Zoning

The Differences Between Residential Districts

Residential districts make up around 75% of the city’s zoned land. There are ten different kinds of residential zones, starting at R1, and going to R10. The lower the number in the code, the lower the density of the area. Each type of residential zone also has subsections, for example, the R5 division is broken ...

How to Properly Alter and Repair Historic Buildings

The demolition of the original Penn Station, which started in 1963, sparked widespread dialogue about building preservation. Public outcry from the destruction of this structure helped fuel the 1965 Landmarks Law. This created the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). Stand-alone landmarks and historic districts are designated to preserve areas of distinct character, significance, and “sense ...

Illegal Conversions

Zoning Every building in New York City is located within a designated zone, due to the 1961 Zoning Resolution. Primarily, buildings can have residential, commercial, or manufacturing purposes. Zoning can protect a neighborhood’s unique character, or prevent clashing developments from emerging. They also are in place to prevent an oversaturation of people in an area ...

Get More Square Footage by Giving Space to the Public

Commonly referred to as “POPS,” Privately Owned Public Spaces exist in high-density areas where there is limited access to public parks. Plazas can be used as a pathway to pass through quickly, a place to gather with friends, or somewhere to rest for a passerby. Combined together, all of the New York City’s POPS take ...