Stop Work Order Issued on 180 East 88th Street in Response to Letter from Council Member Ben Kallos and Borough President Gale Brewer

05/25/2016

“4 foot lot” loophole closed in time to stop skyscraper

Statement:

"New Yorkers have won a rare victory over developers by stopping a skyscraper in a residential neighborhood. Even when a Borough President, Council Member, Community Board, neighborhood association, and local residents pool resources, the odds may be against us, but together we can win. I am glad we stopped this loophole before it was too late."

“Thank you to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Rick Chandler for auditing 180 East 88th Street and finding in favor of the letter from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and I by issuing a stop work order and requiring a broader base for what should be a shorter building that better fits the neighborhood.”

Background: This Monday, the New York Times reported on a letter sent by Council Member Ben Kallos and Manhattan Borough President Gale sent to the Department of Buildings (DOB) asking for a stop work order and new determination on 180 East 88th Street where foundations were being poured for a building planned to be the tallest skyscraper on the Upper East Side north of 72nd Street at 521 feet. The letter argues that since the applicant owns both the development site and the tiny 4 foot lot, the development actually does front 88th Street requiring a contextual street wall with the height of the building shortened.

Today, the New York Times reports that as requested by the letter the DOB conducted an audit of the site and has issued the stop work order and instructed the developer of the site to draw up new plans for the building.

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