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NYC City Council rejects Midtown East rezoning

November 12, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council will not pass Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sweeping plan to rezone the eastern section of Midtown Manhattan.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and councilman Daniel Garodnick, the chair of the council's land-use committee, released a statement Tuesday saying East Midtown should be rezoned "but only when we can do so properly."

The committee is expected to reject the bill Wednesday and the full council will do the same Thursday.

The plan, one of Bloomberg's final substantial proposals before he leaves office at year's end, would rezone a 73-block area around Grand Central Terminal for taller skyscrapers. Its proponents say it would allow the city's top commercial district to remain competitive with other world capitals.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he will revisit the idea next year.



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