Nearly 200 NYC buildings are defying public space rules: comptroller

Scott Stringer claims DOB is doing nothing about it

From left: 175 East 96th Street, Scott Stringer and 825 Third Avenue
From left: 175 East 96th Street, Scott Stringer and 825 Third Avenue

Most of the property owners that snagged extra floors in their buildings by promising the city that they would add public spaces aren’t holding up their end of the bargain.

Of the 333 buildings that cut such deals, 182 are not in compliance with the public space requirements, the New York Post reported. Trump Tower is among the violators, which were identified during a series of audits by the city comptroller. The building is missing tables, signs and seats that it was required to have in order to add 200,000 square feet.

Comptroller Scott Stringer noted that the city’s Department of Buildings hasn’t visited most of the properties in years.

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Other properties on the list include 175 East 96th Street, 101 Barclay Street and 825 Third Avenue.

“New Yorkers are literally getting cheated out of tens of millions of dollars in public space — and the city is willfully choosing to do nothing about it,” Stringer said. [NYP]Kathryn Brenzel