|17 stories, or 19?|
That's very interesting, because 550 Vanderbilt, pictured at right, has long been described as 17 stories, as shown in the screenshot below from Streeteasy.
Could the building be 17 stories but "technically" have 19 floors?
I'm not sure--it's possible that they don't count the second floor of a penthouse duplex, or a floor devoted to mechanicals.
After all, rooftop bulkheads were not counted in the height limit for a controversial condo building in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
But the bottom line is this: the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park developers, in no departure from a longstanding pattern, are shading (or evading) the truth.