John A. Wells took two photos at Central Park’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir nine years apart, and they tell quite a story about how residential megatowers have changed the city’s skyline.
Wells was standing in approximately the same spot in 2010 and last week — looking south from the western entrance to the reservoir, near 91st/92nd Street, off of Central Park West. Among the buildings you can see in the new photo is 432 Park Avenue, which is in the center of the frame. It rises 1,396 feet and is the tallest residential building in the world.
The Municipal Art Society and other organizations have raised alarms about the change, saying it’s out of scale for the city, throws shadows on the park and does little to alleviate the city’s housing crunch.
The other story the photos tell is of the incredible improvement in iPhone camera resolution, of course.