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Empire State Building Owner Testifies Against Skyscraper Next Door

Monday, August 23, 2010

Two major property owners in the 34th Street area are facing off at a City Council hearing today. Vornado Realty Trust wants to build a 1,200-foot tower at 33rd street and 7th avenue. But the owners of the Empire State Building, three blocks away, are objecting, saying the new tower would ruin the iconic view of their building on the skyline.

"We recognize there will be taller buildings," one of the Empire State Building's owners, Anthony Malkin, said. "The question is, 'Is this the one?'"

The president of the New York office of Vornado, David Greenbaum, said, "New York City's skyline has never stopped changing and I hope it never will."

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Victor Fidel Escamilla from Manhattan, NY

Is New York destined to become a museum? There was a time when Gotham was celebration of change and bigger buildings. The beacon of NYC is not one building, iconic as the Empire State is. What makes our skyline rich is that it is always changing. And, why should it not? This is the city where everything happens. We're not a Venice, Rome or Paris. We're not that beautiful. We're better because we're not stuck on stasis, but it almost seems we want to become stale in NYC. I say, change and progress is what makes this place great!

Aug. 25 2010 05:45 PM
steve oslo from manhattan

who cares!!!!!

Aug. 25 2010 02:05 PM
Brian from Union City, NJ

We live in New Jersey and have the happy pleasure of seeing the Empire State building every day from our windows. This building is not just any skyscraper, but is an iconic part of New York. To obstruct it with a building so close is insulting, not only Manhattan's rich history, but also to those who live in the greater New York area and consider the Empire State building a beacon. The developers should be respectful and recognize the value of this icon, and do everything to preserve it while considering how to harmonize their building with the existing skyline. The city likewise should protect its heritage and persona by not allowing this project to proceed at this location.

Aug. 23 2010 08:09 PM
Joe Dolice from New York City

My late father, the artist Leon Dolice (1892-1960) devoted all of the last 40 years of his life chronicling Manhattan historic buildings and neighborhoods, and the Empire State building was featured prominently in many of his paintings, pastels & etchings.

The construction of a building of this size in such close proximity to the Empire State Building would forever destroy the historical integrity of the Manhattan skyline. (see http://www.dolice.com).

Shouldn't the skyline profile of Manhattan itself be considered in the same way as buildings themselves are: with some regard given to aesthetics?

Hopefully, those in a position of power to make a decision in this matter will take into account how they and our city will be judged by the rest of the world on the basis of what they determine.

Aug. 23 2010 01:32 PM
DIANE WILDOWSKY from Manhattan, NY

Enough! No, No, No to this monstrosity! We do not need one more super-sized skyscraper and we definitely do not need one three blocks from the Empire State building! My God is nothing scared anymore? Leave our mid-town skyline alone!!!!

Aug. 23 2010 12:58 PM

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