The Afternoon Wrap: Friday

  • What are Cooper Union students doing about the impending destruction of the Hewitt Building? They’re staging school-wide walkouts (and tossing around cruel words like disenfranchisement). Apparently, these young artists really don’t want to move out to studios in Long Island City, where they’ll work until Cooper Union gets a newer and greener $120 million building. [Villager]
  • The Opening Paragraph of the Day, presented in its glorious entirety: Park Slope’s pampered tykes might soon have one more reason to love life in Brooklyn. FAO Schwarz — toy store and child magnet since 1862 — said this week it might open a satellite shop in the Slope. [Brooklyn Papers]
  • Down in the Financial District, $90 million will help pay for a luxury condo conversion. So, the old Chase Manhattan Bank HQ will turn into “20 Pine,” with $90 million-worth of ebony-stained hardwood floors, high-end wooden cabinetry, Hudson River views, a pool, a spa, a yoga studio and, best of all, a golf simulation room. [Multi-Housing News]
  • Brownstoner reports that Joshua Guttman (who has the world’s “universal contempt”) is going to tear down a Dumbo foundry built by Brooklyn Bridge man E.W. Bliss. Or will 205 Water Street (aka 188 Plymouth) be saved by local preservationists? Tune in tomorrow. [Brownstoner]
  • – Max Abelson