Originally Posted by CityGuy87
Even though we're getting off topic, I will just say one more thing on the matter, eventually it will have the be rezoned if Midtown Manhattan needs to keep up with demand for office space and housing. Manhattan is not that big of an island, so after Billionaire's Row, Hudson Yards, Midtown East and WTC/Financial District, where else can Manhattan be redeveloped? While the area around Penn Station seems posed for a redevelopment in the not-so-distant future, there's gotta be other neighborhoods and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton seems obvious since it's part of Midtown and I imagine you'd have a lot more difficulty trying to rezone an area such as the Upper East Side.
I think the future of the city will not be Manhattan but the neighborhoods right next to the East River in Queens/Brooklyn. Places like Green point, Williamsburg, DoBro, LIC, and Fort Greene. What the city needs to do is focus on overhauling its transit. Manhattan needs to spill over East. Plenty of land to build on for residential, commercial, and so on.
Manhattan will see taller and bulkier developments as land becomes even more scarce (taller than what we are currently seeing), but with rising prices, developers will rush to these neighborhoods. JC could be a good candidate, and even Newark, but if we are talking NYC, than these are ideal places.
What will hold it back is transit. Overhaul transit, and the city will grow much quicker, and be able to accommodate the new density of these neighborhoods. Its happening too. What we are seeing with LIC and Dobro, the transferring of employees from various companies to the outer boroughs.