Newly Constructed Housing Units on the Rise in 2015

Data Updates | December 8th 2016

Units certified for occupancy rose again for the third straight year in 2015, up 7% since 2014. Though still below pre-recession levels, an uptick in residential building permits suggests that completed units will continue to increase as newly authorized construction is completed.

Recently completed units have increasingly been housed in large rental buildings (5+ units), while condominiums and smaller buildings have seen their share of completed new units fall. Of all residential certificates issued in 2015, the vast majority—79%—were issued to rental buildings with five or more units. Buildings with two to four units comprised 10% of all residential certificates issued in 2015; and only 8% of residential certificates were issued to condominium buildings.

New residential units in 2015 were not evenly distributed throughout the five boroughs (view the interactive map on The rapidly developing Brooklyn and Queens waterfront accounted for most of the new residential units. Construction of smaller buildings (single-family and two- to four-unit buildings) was mostly concentrated in Staten Island and the boroughs outside of Manhattan. is New York City’s housing and neighborhoods data hub, presented by the NYU Furman Center. Sign up to receive updates about

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