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.