Potential Neighbor Threatens Empire State Building's Dominance

A proposed tower that would be just blocks from the Empire State Building in New York City has some historians and property owners on the defensive.
August 27, 2010, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"What irks the former is that the latter would rise to be 1,216 feet, almost as tall as the Empire State Building, and would be just 900 feet away, a little too close for a building that has stood apart in the skyline for its entire 79-year life.

'The question here is: How close is too close to one of New York's iconic landmarks,' Councilman Daniel R. Garodnick said Monday, after a hearing in which the owners of both properties made their cases, in advance of a City Council vote on Wednesday."

The owners of the historic skyscraper are hoping to convince city officials to turn down the proposal -- and any other large buildings within a certain radius.

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Published on Thursday, August 26, 2010 in The New York Times
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