Zoning History

HISTORY OF ZONING ON PARK AVENUE

 

PROTECTING NEW YORK CITY’S ICONIC RESIDENTIAL THOROUGHFARE

1874 -             New York Central Railroad covers tracks over Fourth Avenue from                                       56thto 97th Streets

1888 -             Boulevard north of Grand Central renamed Park Avenue

1908-14 -       Iconic residential buildings built surrounding the German Hospital (today the Lenox Hill Hospital site)

1908 – 863 Park

1909 – 829 Park

1911 – 830 and 840 Park

1914 – 850 Park

These residential buildings, all [12 to 14] stories, surround the Lenox Hill Hospital site today

1916 -             Zoning resolution—buildings on Park Avenue could not exceed one and one-half times the width of Park Avenue, which is 140-feet wide, therefore limiting height to 210 feet

1961 -             Zoning change allowed the construction of 900 Park Avenue[, the only building from 59th to 97th Streets exceeding 210 feet]

1973 -             The Special Park Improvement District created in response to community concerns, to preserve the residential character and architectural quality of the Upper East Side from Fifth to Lexington Avenues, re-establishing the building height limit of 210 feet or 19 stories, whichever is less, and mandating street wall continuity; no bonus allowed

1981 -             Upper East Side Historic District created to provide landmarks protection to the residential neighborhood from Fifth to Third Avenues and 59th to 79th Streets

1984 -             Upper East Side Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places

1988 -             Special Park Improvement District zoning is invoked to challenge  construction of a 32-story building at 108 East 96th Street which was partially within the district, and the developer was ordered to remove the                                     12 offending stories

2019? -          Now, 30 years later, Northwell is seeking zoning changes to build massive structures that will exceed the zoning code height and area limits on Park Avenue, in the mid-blocks of 76th and 77th Streets, and on Lexington Avenue

PROTECT OUR LENOX HILL NEIGHBORHOOD

SAY NO TO NORTHWELL!