Am recovering from an incredibly depressing meeting with an expediter regarding my renovation. To recap–we are currently living in a four story brownstone occupying bottom three floors with renter on top floor. We want to flip the configuration putting renter on garden floor and occupying top three floors as a triplex. We have a lot of intact detail on parlor floor. We are currently taxed as a 4 family and want to file a change of C of O to a 2. We have a fire escape at the back of the building. Our budget is tight but realistic. I did not, however, budget for sprinklers or think I would need to create a lot of holes to run these incredibly ugly things through my house, but apparently the code changed two years ago and is now necessary given the parameters of both building height and width of our street. The expediter is recommending we go for a waiver based on economic hardship (??) This sounds far-fetched to me but I am wondering if anyone has ever had success with this tactic? Or maybe I could just bake a cake for the inspector with $2,000 hidden in the center? Kidding!