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NYC Inclusionary Housing Program

In New York City the Inclusionary Housing Program is a zoning incentive that offers higher allowable floor area to developers who provide a portion of their building as affordable units or low income housing. The goal is to incentivize developers to include some low income...

Building Addition NYC

Building Additions

Building additions are going on all over New York. Vertical enlargements are especially common in NYC. Here are some basic things to consider if you are looking to do a building addition.   Building Addition Zoning Development Rights (Air Rights) If you have an existing building and you want...

SRO Conversion

SRO Conversion

New York City has many SROs. Property owners are constantly looking to convert their SROs to standard multifamily residential apartments. In this article we will be reviewing some of the basics of SROs and the process for conversion.   SRO Conversion  SRO = Single Room Occupancy  What is an...

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Guide to NYC Agency Unit Abbreviations

  New York City and State Agency Units Abbreviations: BIB: Build It Back BSA: Board of Standards and Appeals DCP: Department of City Planning DDC: Department of Design and Construction DEC: Department of Environmental Conservation DEP: Department of Environmental Protection DOB: Department Of Buildings DOF: Department Of Finance DOT:...

Building A House, 7 things to consider first

Building a house is a large undertaking. As an architect, when people contact me for the first time they always ask "what do we do first?" This article will be 7 first steps or considerations when you are planning to design and build a house....

R7a Zoning NYC

R7A Zoning NYC

In this article we will be looking at R7A Zoning in NYC. This from a zoning analysis we did for a client. The client was looking to purchase 2 adjacent lots in an R7A Zoning District in Brooklyn, NYC. They wanted to know what the...

Zoning Analysis NYC

Zoning Analysis

People often call us who own a property or are looking to buy a property and want to develop it. They don't know what they can build. They ask: What is the first step? How do we know what we can build? Our response is: Well, you need...

Same Day Plan Exam NYC

Clients are constantly telling me nightmare stories they have heard about how long it takes to get something approved by the NYC Department Of Buildings. In most cases I am going to take the DOB's side on this argument. Simple tiny jobs can get reviewed on...

NYC sliver law

NYC Sliver Law

The so called "Sliver Law" is a reference to a zoning code in New York City that aims to prevent very tall narrow buildings in certain zoning districts. Here is an example of a development that was prevented by the "sliver law". We looked into possibly...