No more sob stories, a city board ruled - a developer must lop the top 12 floors off a Manhattan high-rise.

The Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday unanimously denied a zoning variance to Parkview Associates, which had offered to build about 40 low-income senior citizen apartments if it could leave the building intact.The builder has said it stands to lose $10 million by dismantling the fought-over floors.

Parkview, which erected the 31-story tower after city officials misread a zoning map that limited buildings to 19 floors, had gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid dismantling the 12 stories that were topped off in 1986.