Empire State Building opposes height of neighbor

NEW YORK, Aug 23 (BestGrowthStock) – A soaring new office tower in
New York would disturb views of the Empire State Building and
diminish the signature symbol of the city’s skyline, the famous
skyscraper’s managers said on Monday at city council hearings.

Vornado Realty Trust’s proposed 67-story building, known as
15 Penn Plaza, would be built two blocks away and stand nearly
as tall as the landmark that has stood largely unobstructed in
midtown Manhattan since it was built in 1931.

“This is not about banning tall buildings, but about
preserving the very uniqueness of the New York City skyline,”
the Empire State Building said in a statement. “The Empire
State Building is the defining building on the city’s skyline,
and its single most important landmark.”

The newcomer would be acceptable if it were shorter and
with more setbacks, the Empire State Building’s managers say.

Vornado said its building is designed to be a respectful
addition to the neighborhood.

Vornado also said the construction would bring transit
improvements including a concourse linking Penn Station to
subways and commuter trains, new subway entrances and an
expanded subway platform.

The New York City Council was set to hold two hearings on
the development on Monday but was not unexpected to vote
immediately.

Penn Plaza would be 1,190 feet (363 metres) tall, putting
it just shy of the Empire State Building’s main structure of
1,250 feet (381 metres).

The 102-story Empire State Building has a 204-foot
(62-metre) antenna that puts its peak at 1,454 feet (443
metres).
(Reporting by Edith Honan; Editing by Daniel Trotta)

Empire State Building opposes height of neighbor