Check this out, especially these gems:
"The opponents include not only neighborhood activists but nearly every local elected official, the pro-development Bloomberg administration and the owner of the penthouse next door..."
"Last year, the city declared the building a landmark, an example of the French Renaissance Revival style. It now plans to change the zoning to eliminate most development options."
Here's where these quotes came from:
In East Village, No End Is Seen in War Over a Building
Nice what this administration does for Manhattan, isn't it? In Queens, we get, "If we crack down on all the illegal apartments then where will all those people go?" or "There's nothing we can do" or "We don't have enough staff" or "It's as of right!"