ADA and LL58/87 are frequently confused, but the two are distinctly different.
In 1987, New York passed Local Law 58, a landmark law mandating that residences be built to accommodate the handicapped. Upper level floors, for instance, had to be accessible by elevator, and doors needed to be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. However, if you suspect many apartments still don’t seem very wheelchair-friendly, you’d be right.
The New York City Building Code prohibits apartments smaller than 400 square feet, yet you can rent apartments half that size. What gives? Aren’t those apartments illegal?
Prior to 1990, a wheelchair-bound person would have been hard-pressed to access most public places. With no elevators, no ramps, and no bathrooms big enough to accommodate a wheelchair in most public places, going out was a huge hassle at best and impossible at worst. More Info