New York Plan to Save Energy May Mean a Dimmer Skyline

The Manhattan skyline — glimmering, grand but not always environmentally efficient — may need to go darker to go green.

Amid a far-reaching push to reduce New York’s environmental footprint, city officials on Wednesday weighed a City Council bill to limit internal and external light use in many commercial buildings when empty at night, a change that could affect some 40,000 structures and rethink the shape, or at least the hue, of what residents see when they look up.


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