Roosevelt Islander East Side Sutton Place 90 Story Skyscraper Will Cast Shadow Over Roosevelt Island And Tram Riders Coming Home From Work Says NYC Council Member Ben Kallos by Rick O'Connor

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East Side Sutton Place 90 Story Skyscraper Will Cast Shadow Over Roosevelt Island And Tram Riders Coming Home From Work Says NYC Council Member Ben Kallos
Rick O'Connor
12/03/2015

Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Upper East Side NYC Council Member Ben Kallos is leading efforts to block construction of a 90 story Sutton Place residential skyscraper.

New York Yimby reported December 1:

The Bauhouse Group’s planned 900-foot-tall residential development near the East Side’s Sutton Place has been in the works for months and now tangible progress is about to happen. The developer has obtained demolition permits for the assemblage at 426-432 East 58th Street, it announced Monday. In addition to the demolition permit announcement, a new rendering of the tower has been made public, and

 Rendering of 426-432 East 58th Street by Foster + Partners Via New York Yimby
can be seen above ....

... Completion of the as-of-right project is expected in the spring of 2019....

DNA Info reported December 2:

... But the demolition of those buildings will not stop efforts to preempt the tower with a height limit rezoning, according to Councilman Ben Kallos, who has worked with neighbors to fight the project....

Mr Kallos says in his December 2015 newsletter:

... We expanded our coalition against superscrapers in residential neighborhoods to groups in other areas faced with the same spectre of tall buildings that will stand out of context and block out light and air. Together we marched to bring more attention to the fight...

... Superscrapers must also be part of the conversation as we consider the Mayor’s proposed city-wide amendments to our zoning code: Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)....

How does the 90 Story Sutton Place skyscraper impact Roosevelt Island? According to Mr. Kallos:

The proposed superscraper at Sutton Place would be so large that it would not only block out light and air in the surrounding residential neighborhood, but it would also cast shadows across the river onto Roosevelt Island. A simulation shows that the building's shadow would arrive at Roosevelt Island just in time to cast tram riders in darkness on their way home.


No one should have the right to buy the sky and cast a residential neighborhood in shadows. Our city needs affordable housing in our residential neighborhoods for all New Yorkers, not 900-foot buildings for billionaires.

Mr. Kallos said:

... A Billionaire should not be able to take light and air from Roosevelt Island...

during a May 21 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting.

Here's Manhattan Neighborhood Network discussion hosted by Mr. Kallos on Superscrapers.

and a petition to stop Supercrapers.

Issue: 
Land Use