Not since Donald Trump’s Riverside South project in the early 1990s, said Mr. Fine, has a set of buildings on the Upper West Side aroused as much opposition as Mr. Barnett’s towers. Petitions circulated, gathering signatures by the thousands. Demonstrators took to the streets. None of this, however, did anything to stop the towers.
Mr. Barnett is delighted. “We think they’re turning out to be two beautiful additions to the neighborhood,” he said. “We think we’ve got twin stars.” Miki Fiegel, a real estate agent who helped lead the fight against the towers and now sees them through her windows, has a different view. “I think they are two of the ugliest excrescences I’ve ever seen,” she said.
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