Empire State Building owners frown on rival skyscraper plan

09:10, August 20, 2010      

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The owners of the Empire State Building in New York City are objecting to a proposed 69-story skyscraper that would be built two blocks away, local media reported on Thursday.

The Vornado Realty Trust is hoping to build an office tower about two blocks west of the Empire State Building. The new building would be 1,200 feet tall, just 25 feet shorter than the top floor of the Empire State Building, New York Public Radio reported.

The problem, according to the Empire State Building, is that the height would both disrupt the skyline and interfere with the ability to see the building's lights shining at night from many blocks to the west.

The Empire State Building owners and other opponents of the planned skyscraper are beefing up their resistance to the proposal in preparation for a New York City Council hearing on Monday about it.

The New York City Council will hold a meeting next Monday and either approve, disapprove or modify the proposed office tower.

Source: Xinhua


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