New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Sydney Maki

Bloomberg Business New York to Developers: Stop Using Empty Space to Make Your Buildings Taller by Sydney Maki

New York to Developers: Stop Using Empty Space to Make Your Buildings Taller

Critics see the practice as potentially dangerous, forcing firefighters or medical workers responding to an emergency to cover much greater distances -- sometimes unanticipated, since the voids aren’t numbered floors.

“It is a symptom of everything that is becoming wrong with our society that developers would rather build empty spaces in buildings for billionaires than affordable housing,” said New York City Council member Ben Kallos. “We’re not saying that you can’t do this. What we’re saying is that if you have a limited amount of floor area that you can use to put up a building, then you have to use that floor area.”