"I applaud the Department of Buildings' (DOB) revocation of the permits for the luxury high-rise tower proposed on West 66th Street by the Extell Corporation.
"This victory -- at least for now -- came in response to the challenge filed by Landmark West and the 10 W. 66th Street Association that I supported along with other elected officials representing this community. It rejects Extell's attempt to create a 160-foot 'mechanical void' in the building -- an empty space that would dramatically raise the height of the building. DOB has now rightly recognized that this space is not an 'accessory use' for a building, but is instead merely a gimmick to get around City zoning protections restricting building height and density.
"This ruling by DOB marks a victory not just for the Upper West Side and the Central Park West Historic District, but for New Yorkers all across the city who confront developers who are trying to evade City rules to make ever-more profit."