The Afternoon Wrap: Wednesday


  • Marvel at the above top-secret image of future Cooper Square Hotel! When that glittery monolith goes up on Bowery, the East Village will have officially lost its last shred of punkish sleaze. (Now the area is sleazy in the shiny-condo way.) [Curbed]
  • Is Bryant Park a pretty place for an ice-skating date, or a festering wound of corporate sin? Critics think rich donors influence who can access NYC park facilities, and that the commercial development of parks has made them into “fiefs where political gatherings are discouraged.” [L.A. Times, via ArchNewsNow]
  • Metropolis‘ love affair with Yale man Robert A.M. Stern didn’t end with Wednesday’s Valentine. The mag interviews him this week, on the occasion of his new book–which is apparently “bigger than the Manhattan Yellow Pages.” [Mtrpls]
  • Max Abelson