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Loss of St. John the Divine Views Mourned During Construction

By Emily Frost | April 29, 2015 11:55am

As construction progresses on the 14-story tower next to St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side, more people are bemoaning how much their view of the historic cathedral will be blocked. 

The Brodsky Organization's 428-unit residential tower was approved for construction on the north side of the cathedral in 2013, and locals tried their hardest to stop it. The cathedral said it needed the millions of dollars generated by the tower each year in order to fund deferred repairs and maintenance of the aging structure.

But now, as the condos grow in scope, people are getting feisty about the Handel Architects' design and the project's proximity to the cathedral.



Uh, excuse me. You're obstructing my view.

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Others warned this summer, before construction really got under way, that people had better soak up the existing views while they still could.