Shadows Over Central Park

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rendering of view from southern section of Central Park with new Midtown skyscrapers. Rendering of view from southern section of Central Park with new Midtown skyscrapers. (Courtesy of The Municipal Art Society of New York)

A new tall building is casting a giant shadow on certain parts of Central Park. Janet Babin, WNYC economic development reporter, talks about several more planned tall buildings, and what some activists and residents are doing to try to keep the shadows out of the park.



Janet Babin

Comments [16]

Not the 1% from NYC

It's NYC. Known for a lot of tall buildings. Known for lots of people. If you want to be able to see sunshine and the sky, move to the country. Be glad you can afford to live near Central Park...and since you can afford to live there, you can probably afford to take vacations to sunny climes. Talk about First World Problems!

Apr. 24 2014 12:29 PM
mercedes from cortlandt manor

First a story: My husband and I lived in many area of NYC. One memorable moment though was when we lived at the South Street Seaport. In this apartment, we had about 20 minutes of sunlight each day. Someone built a high rise and that was gone. (By the way, it's recommended that our retinas be exposed to sunlight about 20 minutes a day to boost our immune systems.) My problem is the developer who, by his/her trade, HAS to build. It's their business, how they make money and how they keep some people employed. They look, however, for any space no matter how small to build. Manhattan is about 10 miles of rock & there's not a lot of spaces to build on. Whether it's a postage stamp or airspace, they buy it and build on it. And then they schmooze our legislators into enacting laws and tax exemptions that just encourage more building. There's a whole lot of talk abut "values" in politics right now, sow hat happened to the "value" of respecting neighborhoods and neighbors and the value of their homes and, quite frankly, their quality of life. "Values be damned! I need to make money. I must therefore build." No matter what the cost is to those who already live there. It makes you want to live elsewhere. Hopefully, those indiscriminate developers lose money at when the value of the neighborhood goes down. Making less money is the only way they will stop. No wait! Tax them so much that they limit their development. Then, at least, the city is realizing revenue before the developers just build, sell and leave.

Apr. 14 2014 01:26 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Interesting that you're running a segment on buildings and plants, since I've long beleived that the residents of these luxury apartments are pod people.

Apr. 14 2014 11:56 AM
jon from Hell's Kitchen

The NY Times had a story this morning about how a town in Norway redirected sun from a nearby mountaintop down into the town square. Require every building that shades Central Park to put a similar mirror on its roof sufficient to fill in say 20% of the shadow it creates.

Apr. 14 2014 11:46 AM
sickie from NYC

it's a ob dropper that we DBlasio has stayed quiet on the TAX BREAKS for billionaires!

Apr. 14 2014 11:45 AM
BK from Hoboken

So a rich guy buys a $40M condo, pays over a million dollars in transfer taxes, etc, plus his huge property tax bill yearly, and is barely in NYC rouse any resources? Where's the harm? (These buildings should not however receive tax abatements).

Apr. 14 2014 11:43 AM

Every 3rd world capital is full of these tear-down "luxury" high rise place-holders, from Beijing to Nairobi.

Get used to them, move -- (or call your local zoning rep and fight!)

Apr. 14 2014 11:43 AM
Robert from NYC

Well you can thank Mr Bloomberg for helping out his billionaire friends. And, AND, they will get tax breaks... TAX BREAKS TOO!!! What balls!

Apr. 14 2014 11:40 AM
Sean Pisano from Brooklyn

Wow this all sounds like 1% problems.

Apr. 14 2014 11:39 AM

Doesn't DeBlah-sio oppose the carriage horses because some real estate developer supporter wants the land under the stables for development?

Apr. 14 2014 11:34 AM


They go to Democrat politicians like Christine Quinn and DeBlah-sio and buy them off.

Apr. 14 2014 11:32 AM
Seth Pecksniff

Once you have a collection of thin buildings, it's no different than a few fat, tall buildings. Allow one, and you've got to allow them all. Soon enough the entire south end of the park will be in shade. Rich developers will ruin the park for the rich residents.

Apr. 14 2014 11:32 AM
Needled New Yorker from NYC

yeah, seeing ugly construction go up in manhattan is to be expected at this point...but to see it spill onto the outer boroughs - it hurts!
It hurts to see it kill neighborhoods and livelihoods and traditional ways - thinking now of Fulton Street Mall.
Boy has that changed!
It's becoming upscale for the needle/ tower residents who moved near by and will continue to move in in droves with every new spiky, glassy, uber-chic and very unaffordable needling towers.

Apr. 14 2014 11:16 AM

Check out the website

Apr. 14 2014 10:52 AM

(Can't they just put the park higher?)

Apr. 14 2014 10:44 AM

It's Manhattan. May the richest man build the greediest building.

Look on the bright side -- those annoying horses are now fully in the shade.

Apr. 14 2014 10:42 AM

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