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Here Now, a Vision for a Rezoned Midtown East in 2040

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[Images by William Weber.]

A plan recently put forward by the city would rezone Midtown East, allowing NYC's skyline to expand upward over 74 blocks from 37th Street to 57th Street between Second and Fifth avenues. There are some restrictions: taller buildings must occupy entire avenues of blockfront and 25,000-square-foot lots, meaning that most of the development will take place right around Grand Central. Still, that leaves plenty of opportunities for upward expansion. Former Curbed intern and architecture student William Weber imagined what that might look like, in the first installment of a new feature. Have a building or microhood you'd like us to reimagine circa 2040? We're open to suggestions!

And here's a zoning diagram, for those who enjoy such things:

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