air right


Definition of air right 

: a property right to the space above a surface area or object

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True, the building is a tad taller than neighboring towers, courtesy of air rights purchased from nearby buildings. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Big Units and Big Prices in New Upper West Side Rental," 1 June 2018 Disney had already sold air rights to its properties to the developer Gary Barnett, the principal at Extell Development, who is planning to build a super-tall tower on West 66th Street. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "Disney Will Move New York Operations to Lower Manhattan," 9 July 2018 The park recently received $50 million from New York State and another $50 million from the city and hopes to have $50 million more when the air rights over some of its piers are sold, Ms. Wils said. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "From the Slaughterhouse to the Playground," 20 June 2018 The network aired right-hander Michael Kopech’s second start with Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. Colleen Kane,, "Balmy 50-degree weather awaits White Sox in Oakland," 15 Apr. 2018 So when an Instagram user thought her moles were airbrushed out of her new Health cover, Philipps cleared the air right away. Colleen Kratofil,, "Busy Philipps Responds to Instagram User Who Says Her Moles Were Photoshopped on Health Cover," 14 June 2018 To build the tall tower at 19 Dutch, the developers assembled air rights from nine parcels on the block, on the west side of Dutch Street. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Developers of a Forgotten New York Alley Leverage History in Residential Influx," 13 June 2018 There are so many plates spinning in the air right now that any sudden disruption could be counterproductive and – with hope of salvaging this season already lost – pointless. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Orioles should beware of the quick fix, because this season is not fixable," 2 June 2018 The firm would need to acquire some right-of-way in the Chinatown area to build the support posts for the gondola wires and to secure the air rights to the space above some buildings. Bill Shaikin,, "A gondola from Union Station to Dodger Stadium? It could happen by 2022, Mayor Garcetti says," 26 Apr. 2018

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of air right 

: a property right to the space above a surface or object (as a building) that may be sold or leased for development purposes make use of the air rights above the TerminalPenn Central Transportation Co. v. City of New York, 438 U.S. 104 (1978)

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