Hear that big dramatic sigh? That's the sound of the "legitimate theater" community's relief that Cirque du Soleil (sample freakiness at right) and developer Stephen M. Ross of Related Cos. won't get to load up on the special theater zoning bonus at West 42nd St. and Dyer (near 10th Avenue). The dynamic duo could've built much higher (a 60-story apartment tower was planned) had the city Planning Dept. actually deemed the booming global circus enterprise as being cut from the same cloth as neighborhing "small Off-Broadway companies" along Theater Row. Meanwhile, the development site has "the forlorn look" of Estragon and Vladimir's playground, so it's back to the drawing board for Related. Shall we go? Yes, let's go.
· City Denies Special Bonus for Cirque du Soleil
· New Development Amenity Update: Cirque Du Soleil [Curbed]