44 West 63 Street

Address: 44 West 63 Street

Block: 1115

Lot: 57

Landmark Status: No


Summary of site plans and status

This property, erected in 1892 was recently renovated and turned into a hotel in the mid-1990s. This building was sold in 2004, and plans were announced in 2005 to convert the hotel into luxury condominiums. This conversion reflects a new trend in New York City, where attractive hotels are being converted into luxury apartments.


230 and 232-234 West 78 Street

Address: 230, 232-234 West 78 Street
Block: 1169
Lot: 45
Landmark Status: No


David Middleton, RA
Handel Architects
150 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 595-4112


Summary of site plans and status

UPDATE: 3/31/08
The Department of Buildings sent a response to Council Member Brewer’s letter regarding after hours and weekend work, informing the Council Member that a Hold has been put on the issuance of After Hours Variances for the Linden78.
Council Member Gale A. Brewer wrote a letter to the Department of Buildings regarding her strong opposition to after hours and weekend work at the Linden78 construction site.
UPDATE: 12/7/07
Council Member Gale A. Brewer wrote a letter to City Planning Commission Chair Amanda Burden to bring attention to this type of developments that are out of scale and character to New York City neighborhoods. The following is quoted from the body of the letter sent to Chairwoman Burden:

I write to bring your attention to a new development planned for 230 West 78 Street (block 1169, lot 44), also known as the Linden78. The development falls within R10A equivalent zoning, restricting its maximum height to 210 feet. According to the self-certified New York City Department of Buildings application, the building has been designed to be 240 feet. Unless the development is building affordable housing and is subject to inclusionary zoning regulations, it appears that this building may be over the allowable height restrictions by 30 feet.

What is most troubling, however, is this development’s exploitation of current zoning regulations, specifically Section 12-10. Section 12-10, the “Lot, corner” definition, allows developers to erect towering, avenue height buildings (in this case, Broadway), virtually mid-block. In the case of 230 West 78 Street, the developer purchased its neighbor’s air rights to facilitate full “Lot, corner” development. The result of this purchase will be a 21-story building, with a significant portion cantilevering its neighbor. I write to you in full knowledge that the developer has in fact followed current building codes and zoning regulations, and by doing so was able to produce a building that towers over neighboring low-rise brownstones. My point is simple: zoning regulation Section 12-10 “Lot, corner” must be amended to prevent this type of situation from occurring again. My office opposes this type of development that is completely out of character, and more importantly, out of scale to the surrounding neighborhood.

The owner of 236 West 78 Street sold in 2007 their air rights to the above property. With these new air rights, the owner of 230 and 232-234 West 78 Street is now planning on building a 22-story building on this property. Through a zoning abnormality the developers are claiming this to be an “as of right” project, or one that does not require going through ULURP.

330 West 86 Street

Address: 330 West 86 Street
Block: 1247
Lot: 49
Landmark status: No


Barbara Flynn, Executive Director
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development
100 Gold Street, Rm 5-G3
New York, NY 10038


Summary of site plans and status

Update: 2/6/2007
Community Board 7/Manhattan voted to support the intent of the UDAAP sale to conserve the existing building at 330 West 86th Street.

This property was seized by the City of New York for tax purposes. Pursuant to the Urban Development Action Area Act (UDAA), the City of New York sold the property at below market value to the residing tenants of the property under the stipulations that said tenants would bring the building up to building codes and conserve the building for future use. Within 18 months of sale, tenants sold the property at a substantial profit to a developer, who now plans to build a 15 story apartment building in its place.

This was taken to court by the neighbors of 330 West 86 Street. The Appellate Court ruled in favor of the developers. The case is being appealed by the plaintiffs, citing the UDAA as barring the developers from destroying the property, citing the “conservation” stipulation that was agreed upon when the property was originally sold. The appeal was argued at the Appeals Court on February 13, 2007. According to HPD, the Court ruled that the building cannot be knocked down and the site built upon, though it can be sold.

260 West 88 Street, 262 West 88 Street, 258 West 88 Street

Addresses: 260 West 88 Street, 262 West 88 Street, 258 West 88 Street
Block: 1235
Lots: 57-59
Landmark Status:Yes


Summary of site plans and status

The owner of all three buildings is planning on combining the three addresses into a single occupancy for his family. They are in the process of evicting rent-stabilized residents in accords with the recent Appelate Court decision that allows for owners to recover possession of apartments for personal use or occupancy. Below are updates of the current situations in each of the buildings.

260 West 88 Street: According to neighbors this building is vacant of tenants and is instead inhabited by the owners’ son. Permits have been taken out to combine apartments according to the landmarks’ commission.

262 West 88 Street:

Owner was recently denied a permit to build a greenhouse by the landmark commission, but was granted a permit for a rooftop addition. There are also exterior improvements scheduled that will be inspected by the landmarks’ commission.

258 West 88 Street:

This building holds three apartments. Owner has issued NOTICES OF NON-RENEWALS to residents in an effort to remove them and move in himself.