Manhattan Electeds and Advocates Call on City for Immediate Reform!
In advance of Tuesday’s hearing, FRIENDS will join with elected officials and colleagues on the steps of City Hall to raise these issues to the citywide stage. The ability to freely sculpt zoning lots, as at 180 East 88th Street and 200 Amsterdam Avenue, that serve no purpose beyond circumventing zoning requirements has serious policy implications for New York City. But these are only two examples of the loopholes, which also include exempt mechanical voids and disproportionate floor-to-ceiling heights, being exploited citywide to game the system for excess height.
The Mayor has acknowledged that zoning loopholes, and specifically oversized mechanical voids as at 249 East 62nd Street, are a problem. Now, we ask for a comprehensive policy solution to address the many tactics leading to out of scale development in residential neighborhoods.
Join, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Liz Krueger (rep.), and Council Member Ben Kallos, together with FRIENDS, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Landmark West! and others in calling for a comprehensive solution now, not six months from now.