NYC Zoning Handbook:
Residential Districts: R8

R8 is the highest density district in the Bronx (adjacent to the Grand Concourse corridor) and is widely mapped in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, R8 is also mapped in and around Grand Army Plaza. The FAR in R8 districts is 0.94 to 6.02 -- approximately two-thirds greater than that allowed in R7. The higher FAR produces taller buildings with low lot coverage that are set back from the street. It produces a density* of 295 to 387 dwelling units per acre. Parking must be provided for only 40 percent of the new dwelling units because these districts are served by mass transit. The Quality Housing Program is optional in R8 districts. Quality Housing development would be similar to that in R8A districts. However, such development would have a maximum FAR of 7.20 on wide streets outside the Manhattan Core.

*Density maximums (the number of dwelling units per acre) are based on an average of 2 I12 zoning rooms per dwelling unit.

Basic Data

R8: General residence district

Maximum FAR: 0.94 to 6.02
Minimum OSR: 5.9 to 10.7
Minimum lot area per room: 59 to 45 square feet
Maximum rooms per acre: 738 to 968
Required parking: 40% of dwelling units
Quality Housing Program: Optional

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