New York’s 15 Penn Plaza – Vornado rendering
City authorities on Wednesday approved plans to build a 67-floor skyscraper near New York City’s tallest structure, the Empire State Building, over objections from owners of the iconic landmark. The City Council Land Use Committee voted today in favor of Vornado’s roughly 1,200-foot, Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed 15 Penn Plaza, despite protests from Empire State Building owner Anthony Malkin that it would mar the city’s skyline.
But while New York, and the nation, are obsessed about whether a certain cultural center should go up in lower Manhattan, few noticed that the Penn Plaza plan will bring down the legendary Hotel Pennsylvania. The hotel, a 25-story, once-magnificent edifice built in 1919, has a rich history, an essential part of which is bound up with my father’s first hit as a songwriter.
Maybe the Ritz-Carlton saw the Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa (the current tallest building in the world) as a challenge, or maybe the opening of the tallest hotel in the world was just another way for the legendary hotel group to make an unforgettable impression, but, whatever the case, the Ritz-Carlton’s re-entry into Hong Kong is prepped to be one of the biggest and grandest events in hotel history.
The Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
Standing 118 stories high, the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will become the flagship property for the Ritz-Carlton in Asia and occupy levels 102 to 118 in the International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong’s tallest building. The building sits directly across Victoria Harbour and offers magnificent views of the harbor, Hong Kong Island and The New Territories.