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Harlem Brownstone Renovation

Harlem Brownstone Renovation

Harlem has many brownstones, typically built in the late 1800s and some in the early 1900s. These residences are attached townhouses with facades made from brownish sandstone, which is where the name brownstone comes from.  These brownstones were built over a hundred...

Brownstone Facade Restoration in NYC

Brownstone Facade Restoration in NYC

New York City has many beautiful Brownstones, but these can be in disrepair. Considering these homes are well over one hundred years old, they often need restoration.   Can You Restore a Brownstone Facade  Brownstone is a brownish-colored sandstone that was a popular...

Side Yard Zoning Variance in NYC

Side Yard Zoning Variance in NYC

The New York City Zoning Resolution sets regulations for developing a property, including all developments and improvements, from a new building to a small home addition. These regulations can sometimes be burdensome and result in unnecessary challenges for the owner....

What is a Zoning Variance?

What is a Zoning Variance?

Zoning is a set of regulations that govern how to use or develop a given property. These codes restrict the use and bulk of a building. In some cases, complying with the zoning regulations may be challenging. That is why you can apply for a zoning variance to seek...