NYC Construction Reopening Rules

NYC Construction Reopening Rules

New York City suspended nonessential construction during the stay at home order in response to the COVID-19 crisis. As the spread of the virus decreases New York City is reopening with Phase 1 which includes all construction. The following is a summary of the NYC...
Renovating and Combining Apartments in Brooklyn Heights

Renovating and Combining Apartments in Brooklyn Heights

I am an architect in NYC and owner of Fontan Architecture. One type of project we seem to do quite often is combining apartments. In this post we will review one specific project in Brooklyn Heights. The owner of the apartment had a 2 bedroom apartment for several...
Manhattan Apartment Renovations

Manhattan Apartment Renovations

I am an architect and owner of Fontan Architecture. As an architect in NYC with an office in Manhattan we renovate apartment all over the city. In this post we put together a few apartments we renovated in Manhattan within the past few years.   Tribeca Loft...
NYC Residential Property Development Checklist

NYC Residential Property Development Checklist

Property Survey Environmental Site Assessment Easements Deed Restrictions Previous Air Rights Deals Grandfathered Conditions Landmark Violations Underlying Zoning District Commercial Overlay Special Zoning District Small Zoning Lots Year of Apportionment Sliver Law...
What are JLWQA Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists

What are JLWQA Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists

Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists or JLWQA is a building use for buildings designated for Artist live work spaces. This applies in certain loft dwellings in a few Zoning districts within New York City.   Joint Live Work Quarters for Artists: JLWQA There are...
NYC Requires Solar or Green Roof Sustainable Zone

NYC Requires Solar or Green Roof Sustainable Zone

New York City has a law requiring a Sustainable Roofing Zone. This is an area on a roof dedicated to either Solar Power Generating Panels, a Green Roof, or a combination of the two. These Sustainable Roofing Zones are required for all new buildings, building...