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Unless these have been updated, these are the room requirements for apartments in NYC, courtesy of the REBNY!....
Time to start measuring if you are in a renovated, wall-partitioned ST/PCV apartment!
From the above website: "Every room must have at least one window that opens onto a street, yard, or court on the same lot."
And here's another diagram of a similar Stuy Town apartment. This is taken directly from PCV/ST's official website today:
And the window in the "Living/Dining Area"?
Interesting discussion at:
Some points being made:
"No, you forget that a class-a dwelling ( ie. a residential apartment) needs to have a living room, which has to feature both at least one door and one window and be at least 150sf (unless you have another room that size.) That said, you can use your living room as a mancave, and use a large storage space to watch TV. It won't be a 3 bedroom apartment. It will be a 2 bedroom apt with a small living room and a large storage closet."
"Legal issues aside, a windowless living room is downright depressing IMO, much worse than a windowless bedroom."
"I can't cite you the exact chapter of the building code, but there was a lot of ink spilt when the city cracked down on illegal temporary walls in roommate situations, a couple of years ago. An apartment is required to have a living room to be a legal class-a dwelling, and a room must have at least 2 means of egress, including a window, to be a legal room. You also need at least one room to be 150sf."
Just be aware that that thread is three years old, but if the rules still hold....?
More info, from the time when Stuy Town was in the news regarding the removal of illegal wall partitions.
The money quote for us now:
“Keep in mind that the elimination of a common living room to create a three-bedroom, zero living room apartment may result in a rooming-unit situation that is not permitted by the Housing Maintenance Code,” Mr. Sclafani [spokesman for the Department of Buildings] said. “In addition, since each apartment is generally required to have at least one room of at least 150 square feet, the installation of a partition may run afoul of this requirement in certain cases.”
And here's the Code:
Are the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village living rooms partitioned with walls in compliance? You be the judge!
ST/PCV advertises their living room converted to bedroom space as "flex".... The above diagram advertises the apartment as a "2 Bedroom Flex," which means 2 bedrooms with one bedroom converted from a living room space. In reality, you are getting 3 bedrooms.
Now check out this site:
"You’ll need a window. By law, in order for a room to be inhabitable, it must have a window. Make sure that wherever you’re going to build a wall, a window will remain in each room."
And even more, including videos of a 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom flex:
This screen shot is taken from a YouTube upload from the official ST/PCV presence there: "StuyTown".
You can see that the wall partition here has windows at the top. The question then becomes does the use of these kind of windows comply with this: "Every room must have at least one window that opens onto a street, yard, or court on the same lot."
The full video is here: https://youtu.be/AkfgTP014FA
Also: Can these windows be easily opened?
More: The above apartment seems to be, or has been, a model apartment to show prospective tenants if we go by the YouTube video below:
You will notice the furnishings are basically the same. But you will also see this:
This is an alcove/mini-room that is separated from the "living room" by French doors, and a portion of the previous living room, now additional bedroom, by a door. The only entry/egress, if all doors are closed, is the hallway that leads to the bathroom and other bedroom (the original 1 bedroom of the apartment). And there's definitely no window in this area. Not sure under what code this mini-space, with a chair and lamp, falls under.
Here's a splendid look back at the first pressurized wall controversy in ST/PCV:
Note the August 19, 2008 entry, which states:
"And to get around the windowless thing, the living rooms have ceased being called living rooms, thankyouverymuch. You may now refer to them as 'foyers.'"
But, as you can see in recent diagrams, "foyers" are not mentioned.
NYC code: "A 'foyer' is a space within an apartment or suite of rooms used as an entrance hall directly from a public hall."
Now, take a look at this official PCVST video again:
Is that "foyer" (which is not called a foyer in diagrams) used as a simple entrance hall?
Here's a 1 bedroom converted to 2 bedroom, with a "living/dining area" (no foyer mentioned):