Accidental Skyline: Shadows

Initiative: Accidental Skyline

Throughout its history, MAS has maintained that access to light, air, and open space is critical to the well-being of New Yorkers and the economic health of New York City. The shadow studies produced by MAS in 2013 demonstrated that existing zoning and environmental review regulations do not sufficiently protect Central Park from the impact of nearby supertalls. The updated studies released along with this report not only confirm the prevalence of adverse shadow impacts but also show how access to light and air will be significantly reduced in other neighborhoods across the city.

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Central Park & Midtown: Looking south, showing December 2014 shadows compared to projected December 2025 shadows
Lower Manhattan & Downtown Brooklyn: Looking north, showing December 2014 shadows compared to projected December 2025 shadows
Lower Manhattan & Midtown: Looking west, showing December 2014 shadows compared to projected December 2025 shadows