Move over 666 5th Avenue, there's a new skyscraper poised to thrust its way onto the Manhattan skyline – none other than the proposed Penn 15 building. Part of a broader 20-million square foot plan to improve Manhattan's Midtown neighborhood and the area around the Penn Station transportation hub, Penn 15 is one of ten “large scale” buildings proposed to be erected by 2038 and is set to stand at roughly the same height as the Empire State Building, The Guardian reported.
Large enough to please (almost) any Manhattan business owner, the skyscraper would stand at 1,200 feet tall, featuring 57 floors worth of office space and 27 (thankfully) landscaped terraces, designating itself as a “super-tall tower that will become the new standard for office design,” according to the property's developer Vornado Realty Trust. With “a unique side core design to allow for flexible office configurations and terraces on every fourth floor to maximize access to light and air," Penn 15 and the broader Empire State Complex plan has seemingly captivated state Governor Andrew Cuomo, who some have “accused of attempting to railroad the state into allowing the development,” the outlet noted.
However, not everyone wants more Penn 15. Bill Neidhardt the Press secretary to NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, took to Twitter to decry the Governer's enthusiasm for the project. “This is a land grab from Andrew Cuomo, plain and simple,” Neidhardt wrote. “The whole scheme relies on overriding city rules and Cuomo has refused to answer how he will finance this endeavor.”
So, folks, remember, if you're thinking of naming a massive building Penn 15, be mature -- check if there's a popular Hulu sitcom by a similar name first. May our thoughts be with Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle's intellectual property in these trying times.