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Increasing Number Of Skyscrapers Threaten To Cast City Parks Into Darkness

October 22, 2018 - 7:53 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- As more skyscrapers continue to rise in New York City, one councilmember is taking a stand against increasingly dark parks.

Larger building sprouting up around Central Park will mean an ever decreasing amount of sunlight to be found.

“It’s one of the new building that’s gone up, got shadows in Central Park that could be as long as a mile, or longer,” said City Councilman Mark Levine.

He explained that while this may not be a huge issue in Central Park, in smaller parks the stakes could be even higher.

“Even one or two buildings going up, particularly along the southern edge could change park forever,” Levine said.

Madison Square and Bryant Park already receive little-to-no sunlight at all during winter months, the councilman said.

“Light is the most precious resource in parks,” Levin told WCBS 880. “It's required for the ecology of the parks and it's the only way you comfortably use a park on a cold day.”

In order to protect the city’s parks, the councilman will file a bill that would require developers to study and take into account the shadow impacts of new skyscrapers.

On his stance, Levin said: “We go without any planning, without any accountability, and we need to change that.”