Mayor Michael Bloomberg voiced his support Tuesday for a new skyscraper planned across from Penn Station.
The mayor says the 1,200 foot tower known as 15 Penn Plaza would be a boon to the area, and dismisses opposition by the owner of the Empire State Building.
Anthony Malkin says a rendering shows the high rise would obstruct views of New York's tallest building from New Jersey.
"Anybody that builds a building in New York City changes its skyline. We don’t have to run around to every other owner and apologize," said the mayor. "This is something that‘s great for the city, and you know, competition's a wonderful thing. One guy owns a tall building and wants it to be the only tall building, well sorry, that’s not the real world."
Developers for the proposed skyscraper, Vornado Realty Trust, have their own rendering of the building, which would be about 34 feet shorter than the Empire State Building.
The City Planning Commission already approved the tower.
The City Council is expected to vote on the project Wednesday.