Welcome to Save Central Park NYC
Save Central Park NYC is a grassroots, community-based, all-volunteer organization concerned with the negative impacts of megatowers clustered around Central Park. Our members care about protecting and preserving the air, light and open space of this scenic and historic landmark. Supertall buildings already completed or under construction will cast long shadows in the Park, blocking playgrounds, open fields, pathways and vegetation from sunlight. We believe that the voice of the public needs to be heard and that zoning laws must be updated so that buildings are massed in a way that protects the park from being covered further in shadows. LandmarkWest!, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Upper West Side, provides insight into the urgency that we face as New Yorkers! Read "Will Central Park Become CENTRAL dark?” here and its study on the future of Central Park West's skyline here (you must have a PDF viewer to view these documents).
The mission of Save Central Park NYC is to mobilize the public to share their concern with elected officials about the impact of the proliferation of megatowers on all sides (south, north, east and west) of Central Park. We need to halt the frenzied pace of new construction around the park pending adoption of zoning modifications that will benefit the city for generations to come.
As an immediate starting point, we 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
Land use planning around Central Park must become part of the public discussion for the greater good.
For a complete list of our legislative proposals, click here.
Who Are Our Allies?
Numerous Advocacy Groups, journalists, and some elected officials have been fighting on behalf of Central Park in recent years. In July of 2015, a pro-active group of legislators wrote a joint letter to the former City Planning Commissioner, Carl Weisbrod, an appointee of the Mayor. The Commissioner dismissed their urgent request! Click here to read the letter and response.
As voters, we should ask: should an appointee be able to dismiss the serious concerns of our elected officials so readily?
Community Boards 5 and 7 passed resolutions that would impact the construction of buildings around Central Park, but they have stalled.
Advocacy groups all over NYC have made a multitude of appeals to elected officials in an attempt to impact zoning regulations. Our antiquated zoning laws never anticipated the technological advancements that allow for the construction of SuperTalls, nor did planners envision the developers' ability to bypass the intent of the zoning laws as they assembled air rights. This abuse is vividly illustrated by the map of assembled air rights for The 200 Amsterdam project as shown here:
The Committee for Environmentally Sound Development has had a recent success with a zoning challenge of 200 Amsterdam. But the fight will go on! We need community activism and letters to elected officials so the electorate is heard. The election (Primary Sept 12th) is a couple of short months away.
Advocacy Groups like Alliance for a Human Scale City caution that deregulation in Washington will leave real estate developers unencumbered and it is the citizens of New York who will pay the price. Click to read their flyer here.
The East River Fifties Alliance, a community based group, is fighting for a rezoning plan which will protect their neighborhood and quality of life in light of a pending SuperTall. Read more here.
September 12th is the Democratic Primary in NYC! All New York City elected officials are up for re-election. Seven City Council seats are OPEN (no incumbent).
Make your voice heard NOW, and make sure you VOTE on September 12th!
Contact your elected officials (click below) and candidates and demand that they support the moratorium as outlined in our mission statement above. The moratorium will provide time for the legislators to enact the desperately needed zoning modifications that will protect our city for generations to come!
Write Mayor de Blasio and your city council member to implore them to act on behalf of all of New York City. A letter that can be used in its entirety (or in part) is on our Take Action page. Please modify the letter to address your city council member. Between them, they can protect our right to air and light as well as protect our beloved Central Park from additional shadows.
Visit Our Gallery
As superscrapers dominate the skyline, will Central Park get any sun?
Click here to visit our photo gallery.
Featured Story: Accidental Skyline by The Municipal Art Society of New York
Too often, New Yorkers are caught off guard by new development in their neighborhoods. The Accidental Skyline offers tools to help demystify the city planning process and bring the public into the conversation. Read more.
Demand Action From Your Elected Officials
It is time to get organized and to demand action from our elected officials.
Demand that zoning laws be modified to prevent additional shadows from being cast into the park; thus protecting our rights to air and light. The zoning laws currently in effect have not been significantly updated in over 50 years!
See the Take Action page for a sample letter that can be used when writing elected officials or candidates.
Or simply ask that they stop developers from casting any new shadows in Central Park!
Contact Your Local City Officials:
Manhattan Borough President: Gale Brewer - 212-531-1609
City Council: Click here to contact your local city council.
Community Board: Click here to contact your local community board.
Mayor: Bill De Blasio - Click Here.