Monday, August 23, 2010
It's official: Even the city's most famous landmark isn't safe
From CBS 2:
Will the Empire State Building remain a stand-alone act? That question will be the focus of a City Council hearing Monday.
Council members will look into a proposal to build a 67-story, 1,200-foot office tower at 15 Penn Plaza, less than three blocks from the landmark skyscraper.
The Empire State Building’s landlord said the project will ruin its view and destroy the Manhattan skyline.
If the proposal passes the City Council, it would then go to Mayor Bloomberg for approval.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said 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. “The Empire State Building is a landmark. We want to be able to see it wherever we are,” said resident Beverly Coleman.