With No Review, New Skyscrapers Darken Central Park

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Rendering of view from southern section of Central Park with new Midtown skyscrapers.

A new report finds that the super tall skyscrapers going up along 57th Street will leave super long shadows across Central Park.

The Accidental Skyline from the Municipal Art Society shows that the carousel, ball fields and zoo will be in the shade throughout the day.

The report points out that many of the buildings are being constructed "as-of-right," meaning public input or environmental reviews are not required.  MAS suggests that changes to zoning rules that would allow for public input for hyper-tall buildings around key public spaces should be studied and reviewed.

MAS said new advances in building technologies that allow for extremely tall buildings to be built near open spaces like Central Park or the waterfront could affect the future of shared public spaces.