The newly appointed Community Board 5 members hope to increase park space in the area.
Mayor Bloomberg yanked the proposal after the City Council rejected it.
About 63 percent of respondents said they opposed a proposal to overhaul 73 blocks around Grand Central.
Lawmakers voiced their concerns over the plan just approved by the City Planning Commission.
The Bloomberg administration's plan to allow bigger skyscrapers now heads to City Council.
An Independent Budget Office report found that the ambitious rezoning is needed for future demand.
The MTA would upgrade subways in and around Grand Central Terminal under the proposed 73-block rezoning.
More than 100 members of the Hotel and Motel Trades Council showed up at the standing-room-only meeting.
The proposal, which would allow bigger skyscrapers around Grand Central, now heads to City Planning.
The air rights for the landmarks, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, would be worth billions of dollars.
A councilman and realty experts said development in East Midtown may need to be delayed as a result.
Eight of 12 boards passed resolutions opposing the city's proposal to allow new, larger skyscrapers.
The boards' recommendation was the first step in a months-long review process for the proposal.
The vision plan, which is studying area streetscapes, will not be ready until the fall.
The firms will develop plans to improve neighborhood streetscapes, the DOT announced.
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