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What Can You Do?

Speak Out Against Supertalls! Click here!

Energize your neighbors, friends, building Boards and tenants’ associations by sharing with them this flyer.

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.


Dear (Elected Official's Name):

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 encourage you to support the Resolution just passed by Community Board 7 (March, p. 2) which will prevent developers from circumventing the intent of current zoning laws by using creative tactics including:
  • Large “voids” as high as 100 feet that do not contain floor area for zoning purposes
  • “Mechanical spaces” (frequently near ground level) that are radically taller than required for their functional purposes
  • Apartment ceiling heights up to 20 feet
  • Development rights transfers over long distances under rules governing affordable housing
We look to you for leadership to ensure that development in every neighborhood is compatible with its character and needs.


Name (required):_______________________

Address (required):_________________

New York, NY

Zip Code (required):_________________

Elected Officials

Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer
1 Centre Street
19th Floor
New York, NY

Chair City Planning Commission: Marisa Lago
120 Broadway
31st Floor
New York, NY

City Council: Helen Rosenthal
563 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY

City Council Speaker: Corey Johnson
224 West 30th Street
Suite 1206
New York, NY

Director of Manhattan City Planning: Edith Hsu-Chen
120 Broadway
31st Floor
New York, NY

City Council Land Use: Rafafel Salamanca Jr.
250 Broadway
Suite 1781
New York, NY

Or Contact these Elected Officials by Phone or Email

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
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.

Community Boards Around The Park Collapse

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.

Community Board Five
(South of the Park)
450 Seventh Avenue
Suite 2109
New York, NY 10123
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
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
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
Brian A. Benjamin, Chair
Andrew Lassalle, District Manager
Manny Rivera, Chair Land Use

Manhattan Community Board 11
(North East of the Park)
Address: 1664 Park Ave, New York, NY 10035
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