Today in the countdown to the wrecking ball showing up at the Hotel Pennsylvania: zoning approvals! The City Planning Commission approved the variances needed for developer Vornado to replace the shabby loved/hated Midtown hotel with 15 Penn Plaza, the chubby 67-story tower seen at right (nicknamed "Freshman 15" by a Curbed commenter), designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and slated to become the city's fourth tallest office tower. The City Council still needs to approve the zoning changes, and Vornado won't tear down the Hotel Penn (across the street from Penn Station on Seventh Avenue) until an anchor tenant can be locked up for the new tower, so those immaculately coiffed poodles will still have a place to tinkle for now.
· Penn Plaza tower OK'd [NYP]
· Hotel Pennsylvania coverage [Curbed]