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Life in the (Atlantic Yards) Shadows

June 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments

We were a little swamped when others noted this story yesterday, but it’s worth repeating: Tall buildings make big shadows, and a Pratt Institute professor and students say that Atlantic Yards is going to cast some big shadows indeed. Gowanus Lounge will let the Brooklyn Paper’s Gersh Kuntzman, who wrote the story that is making its way around the blogosphere, deliver the news:

According to a new analysis by a Pratt Institute professor and two students, shadows from the developer’s Atlantic Yards mega-project would darken a wide swath of Brooklyn from Prospect Heights to Downtown — including a strip in Fort Greene that won the “Greenest Block in Brooklyn” contest in 2002.

At its worst — at 9 am on Dec. 21 — the shadow from the 62-story “Miss Brooklyn” building, proposed for the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, would extend all the way to Fulton and Gold streets.

Brent Porter, the Pratt professor says the shadows will be especially “severe” from September to March. “Once those buildings go up, the shadowing will be forever,” he says. The professor says that a good part of Fort Greene will be lacking light in the winter in an Atlantic Yards world.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Jun 26, 2006 at 9:27 am

    Invest in those shade loving plants and forget about any veggie gardens.

    Will Ratner make up for the solar loss?

    What of the additional lighting and heating costs to this community?

    And what of the loss of the right to use solar sun collectors in this area?

  • 2 Anonymous // Jun 27, 2006 at 7:44 pm

    why are you people so opposed to large buildings in brooklyn. Progress is good. Brooklyn has been forgotten for so long and now that it’s time to build, you people complain. Why? Have you seen what’s there now? why would you miss that?