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Tuesday / December 12.

Let us celebrate the city’s decision to stop an obscene abuse of the zoning laws.  A developer had attempted to use a four-foot-wide lot to build a tall luxury condominium on Third Avenue near 88th Street. The city stopped him. Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts is doing a victory lap, as well it should.

But rather than regard this decision as a war being won, we we should see it as an isolated case involving an egregious example.  The developer’s zoning tricks were so outrageous that even the deBlasio administration couldn’t let it pass.

Clearly, if elevator shake in high-rise elevator shafts poses challenges, then the challenges posed by buildings themselves must be more so. After all, a too-slow or a too-fast elevator ride does not make the hair stand as much on end as the idea of a building’s tendency to sway in the wind. Wind – now and then high wind – always affects tall buildings, which toward the top can sway up to two feet back and forth in a high wind. Earthquakes are more problematic, but, as with hurricanes (except for Sandy), New York City has seen few, and none of consequence, thus far.