Builds ten new glass skyscrapers as gentrified, “class A” office space
Evicts more than 2,300 residents – including rent stabilized tenants, seniors, condo and co-op owners – and demolishes their homes
Kills off 10,000 small business jobs by demolishing over 1,300 places of business — offices and storefronts.
Demolishes over 40 stunning buildings that are important to New York City’s cultural and architectural history.
Casts shadows that reach all the way to New Jersey
Violates our city’s zoning rules and bypasses approvals from City politicians
Leaves Penn Station underground with lipstick-on-the-pig improvements to the current rats nest.
Funnels riches and opportunity to Vornado … who is already plenty rich
Would cost well over $10 billion.
Our Better Ideas
No need to demolish anyone’s homes or any historic buildings that are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places
Renovate and repurpose where needed!
Move the blighted Madison Square Garden (often talked about as an option in real estate circles) to the current parking lot next to the Javits Center
Rebuild the old Penn Station and create a fabulous public realm in the area
Do the easy modifications to the underground parts of Penn Station to make it a “through-running” station rather than a terminal station. Then it can be the center of a regional unified train network which would cheapen transport costs for everyone and spread prosperity around more fairly.
Would cost about $6 billion less than the Governor’s plan