Less than 5% of New York high-rises have a 13th floor
Developers say they don't want to preclude anyone, including those who think a floor No. 13 might be a bad omen.
"If there's even a 1% risk that someone won't like it, then why would you do it? It's a simple change to the numbers," says Kevin Maloney, principal at Property Markets Group, a New York City-based real-estate acquisition and development firm. "It also makes a building seem a little bit taller, which is important in New York. You get an extra floor."
But some developers scoff at the idea of skipping 13. One Ten Third, a 21-story condo building in Manhattan's East Village, was built six years ago and includes a floor 13. The developer, Toll Brothers, plans two new buildings that will also each have a 13th floor.
DAMN i hate clocks :)
I know how to get around the 14th floor taboo: Take the numbers on floors 11 through 15 and change them all.
11 becomes 16
12 becomes 14
13 becomes 11
14 becomes 15
15 becomes 12
As you can see, I have eliminated floor 13 and no one is the wiser because everyone is confused.....especially first responders, firemen, the police...so on second thought this is a really good idea gone wrong.
Now watch while I make this $10 bill disappear and come back as a cup of really strong espresso (add another $5 and make it a triple....I really need it this morning)