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With No Review, New Skyscrapers Darken Central Park

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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 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.

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Comments [6]

APRIL from YUPPER WEST SIDE

REZONE MANHATTAN SO SHADOW CASTING BUILDINGS MUST BE FARTHER SOUTH. LET THEM BE LINED UP SO THEY SHADOW EACH OTHER OUT. I'M SICK TO DEATH WITH THE "NEWS" OF HOW MANY JOBS AND TAXES THE RICH WILL BRING. NYC HAS TURNED INTO A STRIP MALL. DAVID BYRNE THREATENS TO LEAVE UNLESS THERE'S HOUSING FOR ARTISTS, WHO HAVE MOVED FROM THE VILLAGE. TO SOHO, NOW A GLITZY MALL, TO WILLIAMSBURG, DUMBO, HOBOKEN, AND NOW ARE IN PHILADELPHIA. THE CITY HAS NEVER BEEN SO BORING. AND THE WEALTHY DON'T EVEN DONATE TO THE ARTS ANY MORE. HAVING MONEY IS ITS OWN REWARD, AND WHO IN HELL WOULD WANT TO TALK TO "THE LITTLE PEOPLE". LITTLE PEOPLE NEED TALL BUILDINGS....

Apr. 14 2014 11:52 AM
Gabriel Falsetta from Glendale NY

I couldn't agree more with Bob from Manhattan.
The likes of Bloomberg and his ilk should be made obsolete. How do we do that? Simple tax them, tax them, tax them. Yes, tax the 1% at the same rate they paid on unearned income (that means rents too) when Eisenhower was President.
I believe it was around 90%; yes that's right around 90%. it's time to rid the albatross around our necks.... we must do this to move in a progressive, egalitarian direction.

Wage peace
fight like hell for economic equality!

Dec. 26 2013 10:56 PM
Bob from Bronx

I believe the developers say we need more rental space. What happens if some of this new space does not get rented at the substantial prices commanded in midtown. Do the investors still make money by itemizing it on their tax bills as a business expense -- not for what their prorated overhead costs are -- but for the full rent. If this or some similar angle that bleeds the city of finances is the case, it's a hot issue not being covered. Also: At some point the city's infrastructure (water main capacity etc.)may not be able to support that much development.

Dec. 26 2013 08:29 PM
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights

More on the subject here: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
A Seasonal Reflection: Assessing Aspirations Toward Alternate Realities- 'Tis A Tale of Two Alternate Cities?

http://noticingnewyork.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-seasonal-reflection-assessing.html

Dec. 26 2013 12:17 PM
Rhonda from Hell's Kitchen

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.

More inout, oh that will help, need to prohibit these monstrosities, not just there but everywhere, like the condo towers they keep putting along the water despite flooding and all the talk about resiliency etc etc

Dec. 26 2013 09:35 AM
Robert from Manhattan

One of many reasons to dislike Bloomberg. He did the same thing on the Upper Westside. Good Riddence to him and his greedy corrupt friends.

Dec. 26 2013 09:12 AM

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