I encourage each and every one of you to write some of the people involved in this Faustian political bargain:
Michael Kent, with the Manhattan Borough President's Office: email@example.com
Brian Kavanaugh, the local state rep: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Red" Daniel Garodnick, city councillor: email@example.com
His office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Board 6: email@example.com
If you're upset about the decision, take 5 seconds and pen off some letters. These people will be up for reelection -- they listen to the crowd, no matter what it says.
Once again, the geriatrics' main complaints about the proposal were:
-The proposal's too tall for the neighborhood, and doesn't look like the buildings that exist today. This neighborhood (all of what? 40 years of age?), doesn't look the way Solow's proposal does; therefore, the (hideously ugly and already 40-story tall) look of the neighborhood should never change.
-There's not enough affordable housing. ... And I always thought old rich white people didn't like affordable housing..? And since when does the world's premier business district need to be cheap?
-Additional neighbors and office workers will create traffic. Again, traffic is best dealt with via a congestion fee or better subway access, not by banning development.
-It'll create shadows. You're in MIDTOWN MANHATTAN! Your building is already 40 stories tall. No further comment.
-It'll make the air quality worse. Then stop driving your Lincoln around.
-The proposal contains too many offices. Once again: MIDTOWN MANHATTAN.
Behold -- these are the masterpieces of logic that have allowed the omnipresent ooze of architectural mediocrity to gurgle up to the East River.
The politicians can still be convinced otherwise...