Time Lapse Video Shows How Midtown’s Tall Towers Will Cast Dark Shadows on the Park

Posted On Thu, July 28, 2016 By

Posted On Thu, July 28, 2016 By In Central Park South, Midtown, New Developments

A dozen supertalls (1,000 feet or higher) in the construction or planning stages in Manhattan include a significant number on the rise along the Billionaires’ Row strip just south of Central Park. This trend has been causing concern due to the shadows the looming towers will cast on the park.

Now, a slightly ominous time-lapse video from Cube Cities shows how Billionaires’ Row will have a sundial effect on the park (h/t Gothamist). The length and duration of the shadows will vary as the sun’s angle changes with the seasons; fall and winter days are looking dark, with the tall towers’ long shadows reaching as much as a mile into the park.

A group of concerned citizens from the area’s Community Board 5 formed the Central Park Sunshine Task Force to address the issue–which comes up every time a rendering is released for the latest supertall tower–and discuss how the tower will impede views for its neighbors and whether it will cast obstructive shadows below. The phenomenon is what the Municipal Arts Society calls the “Accidental Skyline,” a side-effect of planning the tall towers one by one rather than considering their effect on the city and the park overall.

As 6sqft previously explained, New York City currently has no restrictions on the shadows a tower may cast. In fact, the city doesn’t limit height, at all, it only limits FAR (floor area ratio); developers can buy air rights from adjacent buildings, allowing them to build even higher as of right–which will allow the Central Park Tower (formerly Nordstrom Tower) to reach a record height of 1,550 feet.

While there’s currently no solution on the horizon (no pun intended), architects at the London-based firm NBBJ have digitally designed a pair of “no-shadow skyscrapers” that would reduce the area of shade caused by the buildings.

[Via Gothamist]

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  • Earl

    I watched the video,, I don’t care about shadows. The shadows move. If the building was 1550 feet tall running from 8th to 5th then,, yeah. A slender building casts a slender shadow.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Greg

    BFD.

  • Nomoremaos

    You have to be kidding. These idiot leftists can conjure up hysteria regarding shadows in a friggin city known for skyscrapers? Don’t like shadows – move to the farm belt.

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