Let's Keep Central Park From Becoming "Central Dark!"
|Landmark West! President Kate Wood speaks out against mega-towers and the shadows they |
will cast on Central Park.
At Tuesday's press conference, Landmark West! President Kate Wood said:
"There’s a cloud hanging over Central Park, and it’s rolling north. As private developers race for the sky, they are erasing public assets that make our city great. If the pace continues – unchecked – Central Park will become 'Central Dark.'
"Rethinking 50 years of zoning won’t happen overnight. We need a moratorium, we need planning. Midtown development should not be a free for all.
"Back in the 1980s, New Yorkers organized to defend Central Park against a line-up of luxury towers that would have marched up the West Side. We fought for – and won – protective contextual zoning. We fought for – and won – extensive landmark and historic district protection. Because of these 'thoughtfully designed and democratically adopted policies' intended to manage growth, the Upper West Side today is one of the most livable, beautiful and, yes, dense neighborhoods in New York.
"Today, we face a new breed of mega-development. It’s time to mobilize again. Extell and Megalith developers have cleared a site on the park block of West 66th Street for a tower that could be 800 or more feet tall, casting a shadow on Central Park that could extend beyond 72nd Street.
"Where will the next tower be? When will this epidemic end? These are questions we cannot afford to leave to chance."
|Potential development on West 66th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue|
To read more about the West 66th Street site development, click here.