Recently Wall Street Journal Reporter, Sanette Tanaka, wrote that “less than 5% of mid- and high-rise residential condo buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn have a designated 13th floor”. This statistic was based on an analysis of roughly 1500 condo declarations by CityRealty. In the other buildings the 13th floor is labeled as the 14th floor, so that no residents will have a 13th floor address.
According to Tanaka’s article, “academic research shows that the vast majority of people don’t buy into the idea of unlucky 13”. To read the entire article to see “A 13th-floor Condo? No Such Luck”.
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I looked at the 92 downtown Chicago high-rises I’ve written about and found the opposite here. Eliminating buildings that have less than 13 floors or have residential floors that start above the 13th floor left 68 buildings.
Of those 68 buildings I found 55 (81%) that have 13th floors and labeled them as such. There are another 5 buildings that I haven’t been able to determine yet if they have a 13th floor, so the percentage could be as low as 74%.
Regardless, it appears that Chicago developers are much less superstitious than New York City developers and/or their marketing departments perceive Chicagoans to be much less superstitious than New Yorkers.
For those of you who are superstitious about the number 13, here are the 13 downtown Chicago condos I’ve written about that don’t have a 13th floor: