City taxes extended stoops
Some Brooklyn residents use sitting out on the stoop as a way to pass time without spending money -- but the city is charging a group of Boerum Hill homeowners to do just that, a lawyer for some of the residents says.
The homeowners, who live in townhouses on State Street between Hoyt and Smith streets, are being charged more than $1,000 a year as a tax for their stairs.
The lawyer says the charge is part of a so-called revocable consent agreement: The city allowed the developer to extend the homes' stairways farther than usual, at a cost to people who later moved in.
The stoops extend more than the allotted 6 feet onto the sidewalk.