Others apparently noticed the deficit too. On Friday I was at a symposium at the Pratt Institute, and spotted a poster created by Pratt professor Brent Porter, who with his students has studied the significant impact of shadows that the project could cause.
Porter already had a graphic of the rendering created for New York magazine, with shadows based on his studies (left in photo). He had tacked onto the poster the aforementioned photo from the Times (right in photo).
The juxtaposition is timely, and stark. The best way to inform people about the project is to show them what it might look like.