Screened from all but the envious eyes of aerial neighbors, New Yorkers with backyards awaken to birdsong and the occasional rabbit and entertain by the light of tiki torches. They swim in their own pools (even if they have to inflate them first), mow minuscule plots of Kentucky bluegrass, stage rock concerts, worship in revival tents, sun-dry the laundry on clotheslines, and barbecue jerk chicken in rusted oil-barrel smokers, or sirloin steak on Ultra Premium TruSear Viking grills.
The Backyard in New York City: An Urban Oasis
Those who have them prize them, whether they are grand or humble, soft and wild with plant life or hard and flat with concrete. Now, as the evening hours convey those first hints of autumn, the season of New York backyards is coming to a close, and with it a busier summer than most for these hidden urban rectangles, plenty of New Yorkers having forgone distant vacations because of high gas and travel costs, and simply opening the back door instead.
I thought maximizing your FAR and building out to the lot line was more important than having yard space. I guess only if you own it but don't actually live there.