One of New York City’s most iconic views could disappear forever.
Locals and tourists alike flock to the cobblestone of Washington Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood to spot one of the city’s most perfect views: the Empire State Building framed by the legs of the Manhattan Bridge. But a proposed quartet of high-rise buildings in Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood could kill the view forever.
Builders have proposed four skyscrapers along the east side of Manhattan that would obstruct the view of the Empire State Building from the Brooklyn side of the river.
The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is trying to preserve the view and block the buildings from construction. Those who live in Manhattan are also against the building project, saying that the buildings would drive up rent in Two Bridges and force the evictions of longtime residents.
"A person standing on the street... where previously you would see the Empire State Building, you will now see part of this development," Tara Kelly, MAS vice president of policy and programs, told the New York Post.
The four buildings would be capable of housing about 6,000 new residents. Two of the towers, stacking 62 and 69 stories would share a four-story base. Another “super tall” 1,008-foot tower would consist of 79 floors. A third building could house up to 62 stories.
The Historic Districts Council argues that the preservation of historic views is as important as preserving physical buildings or neighborhoods.
“The one place in New York City where the views are protected is from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which they are now trying to destroy,” local Simeon Bankoff told Brooklyn Paper. “We don’t have protected views.”
New York’s city planning commission will vote on the proposed buildings, although a date has not yet been set.