NYC Considers New Tower Near Empire State Building

Empire State BuildingMichael BloombergNew York City Council

A New York City Council committee has approved land use and zoning changes for a new skyscraper near the Empire State Building.

The full council votes later Wednesday.

The Empire State Building's owner opposes the project. Anthony Malkin says the proposed 1,200-foot glass office tower will ruin the view from the renowned landmark and negatively alter the skyline.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed those complaints and says every new building changes the skyline.

The development of 15 Penn Plaza is still in the planning stages. Developer David Greenbaum envisions a new tower two blocks west of the 1,454-foot Empire State Building. The Hotel Pennsylvania now stands there.

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