Manhattan leaders are calling on Albany to finally repeal a decades-old state law blamed for deepening the Big Apple’s housing crisis — calling it a “relic of another era,” The Post has learned.

The push, set to be unveiled Wednesday — and supported by Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine and most of the island’s City Council delegation — calls for Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislative leaders to include repealing the 1961 law , as they finalize this year’s budget, which must be passed.

“This law is a relic from another era. It was created in the 1960s when, believe it or not, the city was concerned that too much housing and not enough offices were being built,” Levine told The Post. “We have the opposite situation today.”

Manhattan politicians are urging lawmakers in Albany to repeal a law that requires buildings to be no more than 12 times the size of their properties. J. Messerschmidt for NY Post
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine called the 1961 law a “relic of another era.” Robert Miller

The controversial measure requires buildings to be no more than 12 times the size of their lots – and bans construction of the popular block-sized buildings along Central Park West and Fifth Avenue because they are 20 to 30 stories tall, according to an investigation by the Post recently revealed .

Proponents of the law, known as the 12-FAR cap, argue it protects the Big Apple — especially Manhattan — from overdevelopment and protects the character of historic neighborhoods that they say would otherwise be filled with glass towers.

But the Post’s review showed that the law did the opposite: It allowed the construction of glass “pencil towers” containing only a handful of apartments while blocking residential buildings like the elegant, iconic buildings along Central Park.

The law now prevents the construction of buildings like the Eldorado in Central Park. J. Messerschmidt for NY Post
The law has led to the construction of “pencil towers” ​​in Manhattan. AFP via Getty Images

The list of banned buildings includes the famous Eldorado at 300 Central Park West, which houses 208 apartments in its self-described “candle-like” 29-story towers.

A Columbia University study found that the law may have cost Gotham 200,000 housing units over the decades – enough to offset about half of the city’s 342,000 housing unit deficit.

“If you look down Central Park West, you see one magnificent building after another that you couldn’t build today because there are too many apartments, which is ridiculous,” Levine said.

The push is supported by seven of Manhattan’s 10 representatives on the City Council – Democrats Carlina Rivera, Erik Bottcher, Keith Powers, Julie Menin, Shaun Abreu, Diana Ayala and Yusef Salaam – as well as one of the city’s largest municipal unions, District Council 37, Levine’s office said.

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