NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R6
R6 districts are appropriate for medium density housing.
Typical R6 development, usually between three and twelve
stories, is common in built-up areas of all boroughs except
Staten Island. FAR in R6 districts ranges from 0.78 to 2.43.
The higher ratio is applied to new buildings that provide
more open space. Density* -- up to 176 units per acre—is
nearly double that of R5.
R6 is the highest density district found in Staten Island and
the lowest in Manhattan. Typical R6 areas include sections of
Ridgewood in Queens, Parkchester in the Bronx, and Bedford-
Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Parking must be provided for 70
percent of the dwelling units. The Quality Housing Program is
optional in R6 districts; on wide streets, buildings would be
similar to development in R6A districts and, on narrow
streets, similar to development in R6B districts.
*Density maximums (the number of dwelling units per acre) are
based on an average of 2 1/2 zoning rooms per dwelling Unit.
R6: General residence district
- Maximum FAR: 0.78 to 2.43
- Minimum OSR: 27.5 to 33.5
- Minimum lot area per room: 109 to 99 square feet
- Maximum rooms per acre: 400 to 440
- Required parking: One per dwelling unit, or 70% of dwelling units if grouped
- Quality Housing Program: Optional