Stuy Town Wall Woes

There’ll be no more subdividing in Stuyvesant Town.

The city Buildings Department and FDNY have ordered Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village to stop installing pressurized walls to convert living rooms into extra bedrooms.

“They pose hazards,” said FDNY spokesman Jim Long. “They can cut one’s means of egress in an apartment or entry for a firefighter if one needs to come in.”

Tishman Speyer, the company that purchased the 110-building Manhattan complex in 2006 for $5.4 billion, declined to comment.

The Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association had long complained that subdivisions were creating a dormitory-like atmosphere.

Rents for one-bedrooms at the site start at $2,995. Tishman, for a one-time fee, had been converting these into two bedrooms, leaving a windowless living room.

It’s unclear if tenants with pressurized walls in their apartments now will have to take them out.

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