See that shiny tower right in the middle there? That's the proposed 15 Penn Plaza, a skyscraper that would rival the Empire State Building in height. What's worse, it wants to occupy the same space as the Empire State, which has caused quite a ruckus.
To Empire State Building owners such as Anthony Malkin, 15 Penn Plaza is a "monstrosity." He and his peers want city officials to limit the height of the tower to 825 feet. As it stands now, 15 Penn — already approved by city officials — will come within 40 feet of Empire, standing 1,216 feet tall compared to the 1,250-foot Empire State Building.
The hubbub is being raised over the fact that the new tower could block the view of the Empire State Building, which has been an iconic part of the New York City skyline along with the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center and, when they still stood, the World Trade Center's twin towers.
New skyscraper projects are going up all over NYC, making it a skyline that is very much set for a change in the next decade.
It's also worth mentioning that this isn't the first skyscraper the Empire State Building has butted spires with. In fact, the construction of Empire itself unseated the Chrysler building as the tallest in the world, the latter of which was in a heated race against 40 Wall Street to be the world's tallest building. The Chrysler beat out 40 Wall Street thanks to its iconic art deco spire, though both buildings were silenced by the Empire State Building, which came about only 11 months later.