15 Penn could block radio waves: experts

15 Penn Plaza

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Turns out Empire State Building owners Anthony and Peter Malkin aren’t the only ones who have a problem with Vornado Realty Trust’s planned 15 Penn Plaza — FM radio broadcasters say that the 67-story tower could interfere with radio transmissions. The $3 billion project, which is slated to reach 1,216 feet into the sky, could obstruct radio signals emitted from the Empire State Building, which is located near its planned site on the corner of 33rd Street and Seventh Avenue, according to Radio World. The Empire State Building is home to 19 different radio stations, many of which began operating there after the Sept. 11 attacks. Vornado has, thus far, not expressed any intent to add broadcast facilities to its planned tower, compounding some radio broadcasters’ fears. [Radio World]