The Next Frontier in Supertall Development: Maps, Ads, and Renderings

Dec 21, 2015, 08:00 ET from Municipal Art Society of New York

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) released its latest package of work on the future of as-of-right supertall development in New York City:

  • A map identifying eight (8) neighborhoods where new supertalls can still be built (i.e. neighborhoods with permissive zoning and enough available, unused air rights to accommodate the new breed of sliver towers now dominating 57th Street);
  • A series of "corrected" supertall advertisements from the last year, in which MAS inserted the surrounding towers that the original ads left out—none of these new towers will stand as far from its neighbors as the renderings would suggest; and
  • An update to MAS's December 2013 Central Park renderings illustrating the number of new towers have been built or announced during the two years of City inaction since MAS's original Accidental Skyline study.

The release comes on the second anniversary of MAS's groundbreaking 2013 Accidental Skyline study exposing the need for greater transparency and smarter regulation in this new frontier of development in the city. MAS has called for a temporary moratorium on towers over 600 feet that haven't gone through public review and urged the City to develop new zoning regulations for 2016, the 100th anniversary of the original New York City zoning code.

"Developers are only playing by the rules provided to them by the City government, which in some cases are more than fifty years old and woefully outmatched by the realities of city-building today," said Mary Rowe, Executive Vice President of MAS. "The de Blasio administration continues to be deaf to the concerns of New Yorkers who want and deserve a thoughtfully planned and beautifully designed cityscape and skyline. We must do better."

For more information on MAS's Accidental Skyline work, or to view the complete new package of work, visit   

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SOURCE Municipal Art Society of New York