Shadows from NYC supertowers are a bummer

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Some New Yorkers are upset about the shadows cast by the new supertower skyscrapers near Central Park and other public hang-outs. Above, the shadow of One57, an 85-story skyscraper currently under construction, on Central Park. At a community meeting on the issue, the president of Extell Development, the firm behind One57, responded that "the shadows cast by tall, slender buildings, which is what most of the buildings going up are, are very brief — maybe they're 10 minutes in any one place — and cause no negative effect on the flora or fauna of the park." According to City Councilman Corey Johnson, the apartments in the superpowers "are being sold to foreign investors, who have tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, who are not making this their primary home." Central Park receives 40 million visitors annually. "New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers" (NPR)

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  1. This is not a new issue: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_Zoning_Resolution.

    Just a guess, but it seems like a lot of the commenters here don't actually live here in NYC. I, for one, like tall buildings, but I also like to see the sun from time to time. Considering that it is unlikely that the particular building mentioned in the post will be the last to be built here, perhaps talking about this is a way to make builders and policy makers consider the effects of their profitable ventures on the other people who live and work in NYC.

    Hmm, that's too long and doesn't seem to fit in with the tone of the discussion. How about this:

    Nice to see BBers think only people who can afford million-dollar vacation homes should be allowed direct sunlight.

  2. The condo is in the sky. The millionaire who lives there gets plenty of sun. It's all the little people at street level that are in the shade. Look at them down there, in the dark, scurrying around like insects. Disgusting.

  3. No doubt this is a first world problem, but it is also a symptom of city planning by obscenely rich people for obscenely rich people with zero fucks given about public spaces that people who actually live there may use.

  4. lorq says:

    What's grimly amusing is that the shadow of the building screws up the view from the building.

  5. "One of the privileges of the great is to witness catastrophes from a terrace." -- Jean Giraudoux

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