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Mayor Bloomberg is pretty ticked off about Vornado's in-the-works 15 Penn Plaza skyscraper. Not for its Empire State Building-threatening stature, but because the City Council pressured the developer into agreeing to hire some minority-owned firms. "I've never thought these community-benefits agreements are anything other than a shakedown," the mayor said, ensuring his next coffee break with Christine Quinn will be an awkward one. [NYP]

15 Penn Plaza

401 7th Avenue, New York, NY