Manhattan Apartments With Illegal Greenhouses

Manhattan apartments with illegal greenhouses
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In most places, greenhouses are structures used to grow plants. In New York City, they’re used to grow apartments.

From around the late ’60s through the early ’90s, many apartment dwellers fortunate enough to have a balcony or terrace put it under glass to make their patch of outdoor space habitable all year long.

They called the enclosed area a “temporary structure” (though dismantling it really wasn’t part of the plan) to exploit a building code loophole, closed several years ago, that didn’t count such an addition when calculating floor area ratio, a figure that helps determine how big a building can be. And code enforcement is about to get more rigorous.

The label “greenhouse” was as misleading as the label “temporary structure.”

“People may have put their pot plants there or a potted plant there, but the point was really to create more indoor space,” said Howard L. Zimmerman, an architect who specializes in exterior facade restoration. He estimates that there are thousands of these greenhouses or, as the Department of Buildings calls them, sunrooms, in New York City. []

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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