MoMa Monster Tower Gets City Council Approval

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009  |  Updated 4:59 PM EDT
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MoMa Monster Tower Gets City Council Approval

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A rendering of Jean Nouvel's 75-story gallery/hotel/condo tower for the site next to the MoMa.

The New York City Council has approved the Museum of Modern Art's proposal for a new 82-story tower -- a massive construction that has earned the name the MoMa Monster.
    
The council voted on Wednesday to approve the plan for a 1000-foot mixed-use tower on West 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, on the same block the museum already has its main exhibition space.

The Jean Nouvel designed tower was decapitated from the iconic height of 1,250-feet, to 1,050-feet. That's 200 feet below the Empire State Building, and the exact height of the Chrysler Building.
    
The building plan also calls for 150 residential apartments and 100 hotel rooms and of course, has plenty of critics.

It would dwarf its neighbor buildings, and doom others to shadow and darkness," West 55th Street resident Anita Rubin told The New York Post earlier this month.

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