At the start of the meeting, City Comptroller Scott Stringer expressed his opposition to the project, saying that it would "cast a shadow over cherished open space."
Scott Stringer is such a slimey, pandering politician. He will take whatever position he thinks will win him support with the ignorant public even if it isn't any good for the city. Its shadows will have little effect on neighboring blocks because the site it sits on is huge and is literally a whole city block.
Furthermore, that whole area is full of depressing open space, tower-in-the-park style. There is no shortage of open space, light and air.
This project is the best thing that can happen for this eyesore strip mall.
I don't usually vote, but I just might register next time to vote for anyone that runs against him. So sick of him and NY politicians like him.