Rolfing psychotherapists, personal trainers among New York's most despised neighbors

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
April 28, 2011 - 9:42AM

When it comes to trouble-making home-based businesses, psychiatrists and psychologists who practice out of their apartments field the most complaints from neighbors who see patients as security risks, according to a story in the May issue of Habitat Magazine (not yet available online).

Worse yet: Psychotherapists who specialize in Rolfing, a hands-on technique that can feel "like a very forceful massage."  A co-op and condo attorney quoted in the story recalls one such situation in which the therapist "had complaints from every one of his neighbors when his clients started groaning at the top of their lungs."

The other home-based businesses said to draw the most frequent wrath of co-op and condo neighbors include "eBay dealers (deliveries and boxes in hallways); personal trainers with home gyms (strangers and noises);  and New York's versions of bed and breakfasts....."

In an interesting legal nuance we weren't aware of, Habitat reports that the New York City zoning code apparently limits the amount of space used for a home business to 500 square feet or no more than 25% of floor space--even in apartment buildings that explicitly permit businesses in apartments.  


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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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