Keep the sun shining: Join our “Fight for Light” Campaign
Greenacre Park is threatened with a significant loss of precious sunlight if the existing Midtown East Rezoning plan wins approval.
Tall buildings already throw shadows on the park for two to three hours daily. Left unmodified, rezoning would trigger construction of even taller buildings that would double the amount of shadow that darkens the park. It also threatens the survival of the park’s vegetation.
Seeing is believing!
This animation illustrates the impact of the Midtown East Rezoning between 1:30pm and 6:30pm. With Greenacre Park in the center, the right side clearly shows that nearly all of the afternoon sunshine will be obliterated.
Urgent! Citizen Alert!
We need you to send an email to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to help us save the sunlight!
Click here for a sample letter, or draft your own. Then tap Mayor de Blasio's name to send the letter.
We applaud the vision and leadership of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilman Daniel Garodnick, both who have endorsed the goals of our campaign. Please send them an email to express your appreciation. Click here for a sample letter.
THE PARK HAS WON BATTLES LIKE THIS BEFORE
In 1980, a planned new building at 805 Third Avenue would have stood three stories higher than permitted and restricted sunlight reaching the park.
Under the leadership of Greenacre Foundation — the park’s private developer and owner — park patrons mounted a campaign to curtail the building’s height. And we won.
In rejecting the application, Planning Chairman Herbert Sturz said: “Greenacre Park is one of the most beautiful and useful private parks available to the public [and makes a] tremendous contribution…to the quality of life in this city.”
The Foundation then analyzed all nearby sites that might threaten the park’s sunlight. As a result, an adjacent property was purchased in 1985 — and then resold it with height restrictions protecting the park’s northern end.
Also, in 1987, the Durst Organization agreed to curtail any potential shade encroachment that might be triggered by its property across the street from the park.
GREENACRE PARK PLAYS A SPECIAL ROLE ON MANHATTAN’S EAST SIDE
A lovely, sunlit park is a rare joy on Manhattan’s East Side.
While an average City Council district devotes 19 percent of its total acreage to parkland, the percentage in District 4 — home of Greenacre Park — is only two percent.
Moreover, District 4 ranks 49th out of the 51 Council Districts when it comes to parks and playgrounds per 1,000 residents.
Image courtesy of Sasaki
THE “FIGHT FOR LIGHT” MOMENTUM IS BUILDING
Thanks to park advocates, Community Board 6 has urged the City Council to modify the rezoning plan to preserve the park’s sunlight.
Also, the Municipal Art Society recently stated that the City “cannot afford to allow development under the East Midtown proposal to cast such an important resource as Greenacre Park in additional shadow.”
It’s amazing how a spot of sunshine can add beauty and joy to urban life.
We need you to help keep the momentum going by supporting the “Fight for Light” campaign!
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