Residential FAR Cap in NYC/Supersizing NYC Buildings

Write State Legislators

Write State Legislators Urging Them to Oppose Lifting the FAR Cap

Write City Officials

Let City Officials Know that the Proposed Mechanical Voids Amendment is Full of Loopholes and Won’t Stop Zoning Abuses in Residential Areas

Village Preservation has been a leader in opposing the effort to remove the current State cap on the size of residential buildings in New York City, which is being advocated by real estate interests and Mayor de Blasio, and to eliminate loopholes and other abuses of zoning regulations which produce taller and larger buildings than current rules were intended to allow.

The current state cap has allowed residential buildings up to 1,500 feet in height to be built, yet those advocating for it to be lifted want even the existing limits removed. Removing the State cap would allow the Mayor and real estate interests to rezone neighborhoods throughout New York City to dramatically higher densities, which they have indicated they would like to do. The current cap has still allowed the largest boom in residential construction in New York City in generations.

Updates

  • May 17, 2019

    City Leaves Mechanical Void Loophole for Supertalls Wide Open, So State May Act

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  • April 15, 2019

    City Votes to Expand Loophole For ‘Voids’ in Supertalls

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  • March 26, 2019

    Upper West Side Supertall Suffers Court Defeat, With Broader Implications

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  • March 14, 2019

    Pushing for Real Action Against Zoning Loopholes for Supertalls

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  • March 6, 2019

    City’s Plan to Halt Zoning Abuse for Supertalls in Residential Neighborhoods is Full of Loopholes – Demand Better

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  • February 11, 2019

    Hearing Wed. on City Proposal to Limit Voids in High-Rises

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  • June 21, 2018

    VICTORY! State Legislative Session Ends Without Repeal of Cap on NYC Residential Building Sizes No ‘Supersizing’ this Year

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  • June 4, 2018

    Last Minute Push in Albany to Allow Supersized Buildings in Residential NYC Neighborhoods

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  • May 24, 2018

    Push in Albany Continues to Allow Supersized Buildings in NYC, But We Win An Important Ally

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  • May 14, 2018

    State Legislature Tries to Supersize NYC Buildings AGAIN – Help Stop It

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  • May 14, 2018

    State Legislature Tries to Supersize NYC Buildings AGAIN – Help Stop It

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  • May 14, 2018

    Push in Albany Continues to Allow Supersized Buildings in NYC, But We Win An Important Ally

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