New York City

Zoning Variance NYC

Zoning Variance NYC

What Is a Zoning Variance? A Zoning Variance is a special approval to develop a property in a manner that does not completely conform with the Zoning Regulations. Zoning Variances are typically issued when a property has a unique condition that causes a hardship on the...

Homeowners Night

Help From NYC DOB

Renovating and building in New York can be difficult. From trying to find an architect to selecting a contractor. The process can be daunting. Fortunately, the Department of Building offers free assistance in the form of Homeowners’­ Night. Homeowner’s Night is every Tuesday night from...

Inclusionary Housing NYC

Inclusionary Housing Program NYC

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 with affordable units or low income housing. The goal is to incentivize developers to include some low income...

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...

NYC DOB Plan Exam

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 "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. It applies height restrictions to buildings on certain properties under 45 feet wide. Here is an example of a development...