Yesterday at a press conference in front of City Hall, Landmark West! spoke in favor of an immediate, temporary moratorium on the construction of mega-towers that would cast long shadows on Central Park. The conference was convened by Community Board Five’s Central Park Sunshine Task Force, who recently released a report on the deleterious effects of mega-towers on the park (a Scenic Landmark), other historic resources, and quality of life. Also speaking in favor of the moratorium were State Senator Brad Hoylman, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Mark Levine, and representatives from Community Board 6 and the Municipal Art Society.
|Landmark West! President Kate Wood speaks out against mega-towers and the shadows they
will cast on Central Park.
The call for a moratorium on supertowers echoes testimony given at two well-attended “town hall” meetings organized by the Sunshine Task Force in the past 18 months, as well as Bill Moyers’s PBS program “The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy,” a stirring call to action against the “line of gated castles…forming along the southern rim of Central Park, staking a privileged claim to the space, sky, and sun long shared by all.”
|Potential development on West 66th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue|
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To read the CB5 press release, click here.