NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R6

R6 districts are appropriate for medium density housing. Typical R6 development, usually between three and twelve stories, is common in built-up areas of all boroughs except Staten Island. FAR in R6 districts ranges from 0.78 to 2.43. The higher ratio is applied to new buildings that provide more open space. Density* -- up to 176 units per acre—is nearly double that of R5.

R6 is the highest density district found in Staten Island and the lowest in Manhattan. Typical R6 areas include sections of Ridgewood in Queens, Parkchester in the Bronx, and Bedford- Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. Parking must be provided for 70 percent of the dwelling units. The Quality Housing Program is optional in R6 districts; on wide streets, buildings would be similar to development in R6A districts and, on narrow streets, similar to development in R6B districts.

*Density maximums (the number of dwelling units per acre) are based on an average of 2 1/2 zoning rooms per dwelling Unit.

Basic Data

R6: General residence district

Maximum FAR: 0.78 to 2.43
Minimum OSR: 27.5 to 33.5
Minimum lot area per room: 109 to 99 square feet
Maximum rooms per acre: 400 to 440
Required parking: One per dwelling unit, or 70% of dwelling units if grouped
Quality Housing Program: Optional

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