NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R8A

R8A districts differ from R8 districts primarily in greater lot coverage, and modified height and setback regulations that are designed to be compatible with existing older neighborhoods. Typical buildings are bulky 11-story, apartment houses. A commercial equivalent of R8A districts is mapped along the midblocks west of Union Square in Manhattan.

The FAR in R8A districts is 6.02. On wide streets, the first two stories of the front wall of a new building must abut the street line and occupy the full width of the lot. On narrow streets, the front wall of a new building must not be farther from the street than the front wall of an adjacent building. The maximum building height and setbacks are determined by the building envelope which may not be penetrated by the building. The building envelope is controlled by the intersection of front and rear sky exposure planes that rise according to a specific ratio. The Quality Housing Program is mandatory in R8A districts.

Basic Data

R8A: General residence district

Maximum FAR: 6.02
Maximum lot coverage:
Corner lot: 80%
Interior or through-lot 70%
Maximum street wall height: 85 feet
Minimum lot area per DU: 123 square feet
Maximum DUs per acre: 354
Required parking: 40% of dwelling units
Quality Housing Program: Mandatory

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