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Dec 28, 2013| Courtesy by : dailymail.co.uk
Central Park is one of the first stops for tourists visiting New York City, but in the not-so-distant future out-of-towners will need flash if they want to take pictures of the Carousel.
Once a series of seven super-slim luxury high-rises are built, the southern quarter of the park will be largely covered in shadows according to a new study conducted by the Municipal Art Society (MAS).
Every December 21, on the winter solstice, the park will hit its darkest point, with shadows extending 20 blocks into the park – reaching the Lake and Ramble.
‘It will basically plunge the park into a solar eclipse in the middle of the day,’ Layla Law-Gisiko, chair of the Landmarks Committee for Community Board 5, told CBS New York.
Sheep Meadow, the large field where New Yorkers spend nice days soaking in the sun, will be obscured and useless for tanning every equinox.
While Central Park was created as a public place for rich and poor to enjoy, the buildings in question are being marketed at Russian oligarchs and Chinese tycoons who want apartments with Central Park views (Skyscraper Museum Director Carol Willis calls these views the ‘money shot’).
Seeing the shadow: On the equinox, the new skyscrapers will cast shadows to reach a dozen blocks into the park
The under-construction One57 is one of the buildings in this so-called ‘Billionaire’s Belt’ and two of its penthouses sold for a reported $90million each.
While outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg has argued that it’s in the city’s interest to attract wealthy foreigners to live here, most of them buy up New York apartments as second-homes, and therefore avoid having to pay the city’s income tax.
Another problem is that most of these buildings are being constructed ‘as of right’ meaning they don’t need to undergo an environmental assessment or public review.
The new New York: The buildings in orange are the current developments planned for the ‘billionaire’s belt’ south of the park
Shooting up: Wollman Rink is pictured in this foreground view of Central park with the new future buildings in orange
And these buildings will be some of the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.
The Nordstrom Tower will be 1,424 feet tall, which is higher than the top floor of 1 World Trade Center and the proposed 1,350 foot 111 West 57th Street building will be higher than the Empire State Building’s observation deck.
These buildings are able to reach such heights because they’ve bought up the air rights from their surrounding buildings.
Before and after: A view of 57th street now and what it will look like with the addition of the skyscrapers in development
Casting shadows: The graphic above shows how large a shadow the 1,000-foot-tall building at 217 West 57th Street will create
Only for the wealthiest: One57 is expected to be one of the tallest high-rise apartments in the world. Two of their penthouses recently sold for $90million each
Advances in skyscraper engineering mean these buildings can be constructed super slim – about two townhouses wide in some cases – occupying plots of land originally suited for 40-story buildings.
In their report, the Municipal Art Society proposes a re-appraisal of zoning codes to ensure that there’s more oversight and public involvement in making this new breed of skyscrapers.
‘It’s troubling that the sky’s the limit when it comes to one of our most precious public spaces,’ MAS President Vin Cipolla told the New York Daily News. ‘We need to protect these spaces.’
Tunnel vision: 57th Street itself will be significantly darkened with these new constructions
Pushing the boundaries: The buildings under development will be some of the tallest in the Western Hemisphere – not to mention the New York skyline
The new breed of skyscraper: Innovation in skyscraper engineering means these new buildings can be super-slim and occupy lots that are just two townhouses wide in some cases
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2530090/The-coming-skyscraper-eclipse-Luxury-high-rise-apartments-built-Russian-oligarchs-Chinese-tycoons-threaten-cast-long-shadows-Central-Park.html#ixzz2omi1ywnW
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