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Voice your opposition to the construction of tall buildings that will cast shadows on Central Park by contacting your elected officials. City Council and the Manhattan Borough President MUST take into consideration the will of the electorate.

Feel free to copy and paste the sample letter below.

June 22, 20017

Mayor Bill de Blasio
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Dear Mayor de Blasio:

As a New Yorker, and a voter, I write to request your immediate assistance to stop the sprawl of Midtown-scale buildings into residential neighborhoods.

Towers of extraordinary height are already transforming our city’s commercial cores, straining infrastructure, raising serious questions about safety and sustainability, and casting shadows. The lengthening, permanent shade over the southern part of Central Park—New York’s most human, democratic public space—is a warning sign of damaging development trends, policies, and problems that undermine your vision of a more equitable city.

“Supertall” towers are marching into traditional residential communities like the Upper West Side and Upper East Side, where plans for wildly out-of-scale buildings—proposed and, in some cases, approved “as of right”—are already in motion. 200 Amsterdam Avenue (the 668’ tower proposed for West 69th Street) and Sutton Place (the 850’ tower proposed for East 58th Street) are just two blatant examples. Next stop, Harlem. These “totems of inequity” would surround Central Park on all sides.

This is not a future New Yorkers want to see. Our right to light, air, grass, and other quality-of-life necessities ought to matter more than so-called “development rights”.

An essential part of the problem lies with the current zoning laws, mostly conceived over fifty years ago before the convergence of technology and economics made “supertall” tower development viable beyond concentrated areas. In particular, the laws concerning zoning lot mergers, transfer of development rights, and mechanicals have yielded unpredictable, often outrageous results.

As an immediate starting point, I support the following actions:
  • A temporary moratorium on all buildings that use development rights accumulated from other sites without public review
  • An audit of Department of Building zoning plan review and enforcement procedures
  • Statutory limits on the “as of right” accumulation of development rights on any given site
  • Zoning amendments to include mechanical floors, voids, and floor-to-ceiling heights over 10 feet in floor area calculations
We look to you for leadership to ensure that development in every neighborhood is compatible with its character and needs.

Sincerely,

Name:_______________________

Neighborhood:_________________


Elected Officials



Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer
gbrewer@manhattanbp.nyc.gov
gab@pipeline.com
212-669-8191
212-531-1609

City Council: New York's legislative body that oversees citywide development. Collapse


The City Council is New York’s legislative body. They review Land Use and make decisions about City development. They also introduce and vote on legislation relating to all aspects of life in New York. They work in conjunction with the Borough President.

All City Council Representatives should be concerned about Central Park. It provides a refuge for all New Yorkers as well as the 25 million visitors each year.

Call their offices, they will hear your concern as a constituent

Those with an (*) have demonstrated concern over the shadows in Central Park in the past. While past efforts may not have been successful, there are other ways to “fight city hall,” and to protect the park for future generations.

2017 is an election year for all 51 city council seats.

Manhattan City Council Representatives:

Margaret Chin / District 1
email: chin@council.nyc.gov
District office: 212-587-3159
Legislative office:212-788-7259


Rosie Mendez /District 2
email: Rmendez@council.nyc.gov
District office: 212-677-1077
Legislative office:212-788-7366


Corey Johnson* /District 3
email: district3@council.nyc.gov
District office:212-564-7757
Legislative office: 212-788-6979


Daniel Garodnick*/ District 4
email: n/a
District office: 212-818-0580
Legislative office: 212-788-7393
(Term limited/not running for reelection)


Ben Kallos* /District 5
email: BKallos@council.nyc.gov
District office: 212-860-1950
Legislative office: 212-788-6865


Helen Rosenthal / District 6
email: Helen@HelenRosenthal.com
District office: 212-873-0282
Legislative office: 212-788-6975


Mark Levine* / District 7
email: District7@council.nyc.gov
District office:212-928-6814
Legislative office: 212-788-7007


Melissa Mark-Viverito / District 8
email:mviverito@council.nyc.gov
District office: 212-828-9800
Legislative office: 212-788-7210


Vacant/ District 9


Ydanis Rodriguez/ District 10
email: yrodriguez@council.nyc.gov
District office: 917-521-2616
Legislative office:212-788-7053

To find your City Council Representative (if not listed above), click click here.

To find your district, click here.

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Community Boards represent the local voice of New Yorkers. Community Boards 5 and 7 overwhelmingly passed resolutions to Save Central Park by mitigating shadows. Read the resolution here.

Call on your Community Board to enact a similar resolution. Ask them to address the Super Scraper issue. The “Land Use” committee addresses building and zoning. Most meet once a month and are open to the public.

Ask CB5 and CB7 what is being done now that the resolution has passed.

Community Board Five
(South of the Park)
450 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2109
New York, NY 10123
212-465-0907
office@cb5.org
http://www.cb5.org/cb5/?
Vikki Barberg - Chair
Eric Stern –Chair of Land Use




Community Board 7 / Manhattan
(West of the Park)
250 West 87th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-362-4008
office@cb7.org
Roberta Semer, Chair
Penny Ryan, District Manager
Richard Asche and Page Cowley, Co-Chairs Land Use




Community Board 8
(East of the Park)
505 Park Avenue
Suite #620
New York, NY 10022
212-758-4340
http://cb8m.com/calendar-meeting_date
James G. Clynes, Chairman
Elizabeth Ashby and Elaine M. Walsh, Co-Chairs Zoning/Development Committee 




Manhattan Community Board 10
(North of the Park)
215 West 125th Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10027
212-749-3105
mn10cb@cb.nyc.gov
Brian A. Benjamin, Chair
Andrew Lassalle, District Manager
alassalle@cb.nyc.gov
Manny Rivera, Chair Land Use




Manhattan Community Board 11
(North East of the Park)
Address: 1664 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035
212-831-8929
http://www.cb11m.org/
Diane Collier, Chair
Candy Vives-Vasquez, Chair Land Use
Steven Villanueva, Vice-Chair Land Use


Mayor: Bill De Blasio - Click Here

Contact New York State Senators: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

Contact New York State Assembly: http://nyassembly.gov/mem/

Contact Governor Andrew Cuomo: Albany: 518-474-8390, NYC: 212-681-4580
http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php