Former journalist Bill Moyers at the Center of Fight Over Billionaire Bill Ackman’s New York ‘Vanity’ Project

A New York billionaire’s fight to build a glass fence on top of his top-floor apartment has met with an unlikely opponent: a well-known former White House journalist and press secretary. Perennial PBS host Bill Moyers, 87, has joined local residents in opposing hedge fund manager Bill Ackman’s proposal to build a two-story glass pavilion on top of a building overlooking Central Park. The issue was at the center of a three-hour meeting of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, where opponents argued that giving a billionaire unprecedented permission to build such an “intrusive” structure could give other ultra-wealthy individuals the opportunity in the future. Moyers argued that the project would also be a slap in the face to ordinary New Yorkers. “I think this undermines the soul of the city because of the vanity of one person,” he said New York Times. “If the commission wants to notice the glimpse of a billionaire, there is no hope for this city as a place where ordinary people hope and live and die.”

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