Ugh I live literally right across the street from this mess and it makes me very sad. There are so many other stretches of 8th Avenue with buildings in far worse shape that could have been cleared to make way for whatever hideous and boring tower this will be. The only reason all of this doesn't fill me with rage is because 8th Avenue is a horrible tourist trap of crappy stores and restaurants that no New Yorker would ever step foot in. If any of this madness was happening on beautiful and bustling 9th Avenue, I would be crying myself to sleep. 9th Avenue is part of the much stricter Hell's Kitchen zoning laws right? To me 9th Avenue is a perfect mix of everything and encompasses what I love about New York. It has mom and pop stores next to trendy bars, dive bars next to gay clubs, porn stores across from expensive residential buildings, and greasy and cheap chinese restaurants next to expensive french restaurants. It's as if everyone is living in perfect harmony. There is something for anyone and everyone. Mind you, in 10 years 9th Avenue could become like Chelsea is today but as of now, it's perfect.