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NEW YORK CITY-Days before it’s due to be considered by a key City Council subcommittee, Vornado Realty Trust’s plan to build a 67-story office tower on the current site of the Hotel Pennsylvania is drawing protest from one of its future neighbors. That would be Empire State Building Co. LLC, which is none too pleased about the proposed tower’s proximity to the landmarked Fifth Avenue property.

In a letter dated Wednesday to Council Member Mark Weprin, chair of the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, the principals of Empire State Building Co. and Malkin Holdings assert that the proposed height and mass of Vornado’s 15 Penn Plaza, located about 1,000 feet southwest of ESB, “will permanently damage the beauty and distinction of the city’s skyline, our city’s and country’s public face to the world.”

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