The rezoning of Carroll Gardens may take a lot longer than residents would prefer, but the bizarre city definition of some very narrow streets as "wide," which allows for taller buildings to be built, may be on the fast track for change. Old zoning defines streets that are 50 feet wide (counting sidewalks) and that can barely handle two parked cars while leaving room for one to drive up the middle as being up to 130 feet wide because front yards are counted (the "gardens" in Carroll Gardens). The difference is a SizeChop in building height from up to seven stories on "wide" street" to five stories on "narrow" streets." (A map of the streets that will be covered is here.) The arcane language has led to the development of a number of loved tumor buildings.
· Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Amendment [nyc.gov]
· "Wide" Carroll Gardens Streets to Get Narrow [Gowanus Lounge]
· Keeping Carroll Gardens from Being the 'Next Williamsburg' [Curbed]