A developer cutting down his proposed building by half in the face of community pressure is unheard of, but just happened in Brooklyn:
High-rise is scaled back
"They should be applauded for their consideration. It's an amazing thing," said Father Patrick Burns, pastor of St. Michael's Church.
The church's landmarked brick and stone bell tower at Fourth Ave. and 42nd St. is now the dominant feature of the neighborhood's modest skyline.
In many towns across America, the rule is that the buildings can not be taller than the steeples of churches.
Photo from sunset-park.com