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."