Interactive Map Reveals the Shadows Cast by Every New York City Building

The Times calls the phenomenon a "struggle for light and air." And indeed, while New York City architecture is lauded for both its design and innovation, the decades-long race to build bigger and taller has taken a toll on the cityscape, particularly in the form of shadows. While any recent criticism of the effect has been directed towards the towers rising along Billionaire's Row, as The Upshot's map reveals, New Yorkers on the whole spend a lot of their time cutting through long stretches of shadow. 

However, according to research provided by Claudio Silva and Harish Doraiswamy, engineers at New York University, “on average, most neighborhoods in Manhattan are covered in shadow for at least half of daylight hours.” And this has considerable implications.

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