Empire State Building Getting A Skyscraping Neighbor?

Many New Yorkers: Why Mess With Picturesque Skyline?

NEW YORK (CBS 2) —  The Empire State Building is a New York City icon, but it could soon be getting a very large neighbor — a huge new skyscraper.

The Empire State Building can be seen for miles, but some say plans for a new building almost as tall and just a few blocks away could overshadow it.

CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport says a developer has proposed building a 67 story, 1,200 foot building called 15 Penn Plaza.

And some say that would totally alter the New York Skyline.

“That’s disrespectful for the Empire State Building,” Steven Ciancanelli said.

“They can’t block that view…Empire State Building…that’s big for the city,” Rumel Bradley said.

Rapoport reports that the proposal has the support of the city planning commission and that it will go before the City Council — where it has some enthusiastic support — beginning next week for final approval.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says the building would create jobs, office space and would give “people a sense that we are building again in New York City.”

But New Yorkers, who see the Empire State Building every day, have some thoughts of their own.

“Why would they do that,” asked one man.

“You know. Economically if it would be good, build it.”

“The Empire State Building is a landmark. We want to be able to see it wherever we are,” said Beverly Coleman.

A final decision on whether the tower will be constructed or not could be decide by Wednesday.

The building’s developer — Vornado Realty — declined comment on the story.

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  1. Live Cams says:

    What I don’t get (other than how we can have such an idiot for a president) is why would the Muslims even want this??? They have to know that it will only breed more anger towards them. The good news is this may be the straw that breaks the camels back to bring the U.S.A. back to a true United Country. I do feel so sorry for the poor souls that lost loved ones in 911, what a total slap in their face. I’m sorry.

  2. Lotus says:

    The arguments against it are ridiculous. Obstructing the view? Well the Shanghai World Financial Center is right next to Jin Mao Tower. And the Umpire, I mean Empire is hardly an icon of New York. Show it to anyone in the world if they can recognize the building. Maybe they’ll think it’s the Willis tower and they’ll smack their foreheads when you tell them it’s the Empire. To me the Crysler building represents NY. Well it’s the only beautiful building in NY that doesn’t look like a regular rectangular building. But people have to understand that golden ages come and go. You won’t be building forever. Now it’s Dubai’s and Asia’s turn. Then it will be South American’s and Africa’s turn. Superpowers come and go, and eventually you will stop constructing.

  3. Lotus says:

    The arguments against it are ridiculous. Obstructing the view? Well the Shanghai World Financial Center is right next to Jin Mao Tower. And the Umpire, I mean Empire is hardly an icon of New York. Show it to anyone in the world if they can recognize the building. Maybe they’ll think it’s the Willis tower and they’ll smack their foreheads when you tell them it’s Empire. What really represents NY are the WTC, Crysler building and that statue with a torch and a tablet, or whatever he/she is holding. But you should build something (if it won’t be demolished again). What was the last building you’ve built? Bank of America tower? Okay. But why bother building and buidling new skyscrapers? Golden ages come and go. Now it’s Dubai’s and Asia’s turn. Then Africa and South America will dominate. And after that, well whoever will get rich again. Superpowers come and go.

  4. BOB G. says:

    ERIC MARGOLIS’ COMMENT ABOUT REBUILDING THE W.T.C. (WITH THE FBI & CIA)
    IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST IDEA I HAVE HEARD SINCE THE 9/11 CALAMITY. WHY
    HASN’T OUR GOVERNMENT BRAINTRUST THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE ? WHERE ARE THEIR BRAINS ?

  5. Steven G. says:

    I think we should build the structure, but it should be big. Really big. Not a dinky, stinky 67 stories. .. try 200 or even 300 stories. Wide and fat too, for extra strength. And made of something strong… like granite. Isn’t that what the empire state building is made of. Let them crash their airplanes. We’ll just have a scratch. I want a monster structure there. Something to make the world and their tiny little despots take notice that NYC is the greatest and best capital in the world. Remember size matters. We will have far more tourists coming here too just to go up and get a good look. It will pay for itself in no time.

  6. GEORGE says:

    GOODBYE HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA

  7. Mike F says:

    Who cares if a new building is erected, lets worry about the WTC mosque, still cant believe it may actually happen

    1. Lotus says:

      Are you really that worried about the mosque? Then you need to read what the church did throughout the history. Before Europe had dark ages, now middle east has it. Both places were technologically advanced before the dark ages. Europe dominated with roman empire, while arabs invented soap which saved millions from diseases. After that both suffered immensely and while one place (Europe) returned to peace and prosperity, the other one (middle east) is on its way there.

      But if you haven’t heard yet, muslims are already praying at the ground 0 since the 9/11 when pentagon opened that public building for praying for ALL religions.

  8. Bri says:

    They are not even building the rest of the WTC buildings 200 Greenwich Street (Tower 2) 150 Greenwich Street (Tower 4) 175 Greenwich Street (Tower 3), due to the lack of need for office space. The rebuilds for the world trade center site associate buildings are ugly anyway. So why do we need this building!

  9. blockitoff says:

    Why do some of you complain and disagree and find fault with everything? The Empire State Building will always be a landmark, will always be a part of history and will always be there with its lights shining bright. Building will be a plus for NYC.

  10. greg says:

    is there no ending the greed of these developers?

  11. rob788 says:

    Stupid horrible idea! The building should go to another site or they should build two 30 story buildings instead. One of the most glorious aspects of being in Midtown is being able to see the Empire state building from many vantage points.

  12. JasonS says:

    I wasn’t aware that the Constitution outlined the “right to a skyline.”. I’m pretty sure the ESB provoked similar opposition before it was built. The owners should stop whining and realize that freedom is what makes this country great, not skylines.

  13. Mike says:

    Tommy G: my sentiments exactly.

  14. Eric Margolis says:

    We should rebuild the WTC exactly as it was, and put the CIA in one building, and the FBI in the other. We need to SHOW NO FEAR.

  15. Big Len says:

    I agree with Tommy G I hope it desrtoys their view of the New York skyline

  16. JT says:

    I agree with Tommy G.

    And two avenues away is pretty far in NYC. Two Streets away, then they may have a point, but two avenues is not that big a deal.

    To make the point, they should build it 60 feet higher than the Empire State Building, not 60 feet shorter.

  17. Tommy G says:

    Since they refuse to recognize Mother Theresa, I don’t give a s…t about them, or their ‘lighting partners’.

  18. Joe says:

    The WTC should have been rebuilt

    1. ERIC says:

      YOU ARE SOOOOOO RIGHT.

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