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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.
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June 22, 20017
Mayor Bill de Blasio
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
Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer
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
District office: 212-587-3159
Rosie Mendez /District 2
District office: 212-677-1077
Corey Johnson* /District 3
Legislative office: 212-788-6979
Daniel Garodnick*/ District 4
District office: 212-818-0580
Legislative office: 212-788-7393
(Term limited/not running for reelection)
Ben Kallos* /District 5
District office: 212-860-1950
Legislative office: 212-788-6865
Helen Rosenthal / District 6
District office: 212-873-0282
Legislative office: 212-788-6975
Mark Levine* / District 7
Legislative office: 212-788-7007
Melissa Mark-Viverito / District 8
District office: 212-828-9800
Legislative office: 212-788-7210
Vacant/ District 9
Ydanis Rodriguez/ District 10
District office: 917-521-2616
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