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Central Park May Get A 712-foot Wooden Tower at its Center

By Rob Grams

Central Park May Get A 712-foot Wooden Tower at its Center

Take a look at the images (just released) of a gigantic wooden tower proposed to live in the center of Central Park. For once, this is a proposal from a design firm you just might love. Check out the images here.

You know what we think whenever we’re taking a stroll through central park? How much better it would be with gigantic sky-scraping tower in the middle of it. Yeah, you can read that with a health dose of sarcasm …but then we saw the images released by the design firm DFA, and we have to admit, we’re sold.

Who, with a healthy addiction to Instagram, hasn’t shot an aerial picture of Central Park from one of the neighboring buildings. It’s a checklist-shot, along with snaps from the top of the Empire State building and the skyline from DUMBO. Well, soon we may be able to scratch that Central-Park-from-above itch from the center of the park itself.

The proposal, by DFA, is for a 712-foot wooden observation tower to be constructed in the middle of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. Try and overcome that instant rejection of the idea, we get you, we felt it too initially.

The structure is deigned to minimize the shadows and would double as a filtration device for the reservoir not to mention it’s pretty easy on the eye …and imagine the view from the observation deck! Here’s what DFA have to say:

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The temporary 712-foot-tall Central Park Tower would sit in the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, a 106-acre man-made lake that encompasses one-eighth of the park’s area and contains one billion gallons of contaminated water […] Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals

Good for the environment AND offering an amazing view of the city, are you sold yet? No? Then look at what you might be missing out on:

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