The proposal, which now goes through a formal review process, would allow newer and larger skyscrapers.
Developers would be required to chip into a District Improvement Fund before getting building permits.
The Municipal Art Society asked the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmarks the buildings.
Fees paid by developers could go to eliminating congestion in Grand Central and other stations.
The Archdiocese hopes to be able to sell the air rights over St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The changes in zoning regulations were presented to the community at a meeting on Thursday.
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