. that's great. but a sort of picket fence of super towers along the southern end of the park in aggregate really changes the way the park feels for many months of the year. why didn't people make a stink out of this? this is blotting out the sunshine in the premier park certainly in new york city, maybe the world. where was the outcry? >> there was an outcry in the 1980s when the park was also threatened by overbearing developers. warren st. john had just arrived in the city as a college student. >> one of the first big civic actions that i heard about was an umbrella protest in central park organized by jacqueline onassis and others. and they were protesting a building that was going up on columbus circle that was going to throw a big shadow across central park. a thousand people showed up with umbrellas to form the line that the shadow would form. >> my wife judith and i raised our umbrellas and joined the line of neighbors from all around the park. jackie o.'s stature, combined with people power, caused the developer to back off and scale down the height of his new building.
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