Sculpture for Living, Dying in Cooper Square

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The Real Estate Journal has an article proclaiming the failure of starchitect projects that had little else going for them. A familiar topic, but one that got us off on a tangent.

One of the examples is the Charles Gwathmey-designed “Sculpture for Living,” on Cooper Square, right across from the plaza with the Cube, which, the Journal reports, has sold one unit since September.

The superluxury environment planned for Cooper Square seems to be falling short. A tipster to Curbed wrote in to say that the fancy and excellent Astor Wines & Liquors, across the square, was moving out and was to be replaced by a Walgreen’s.

“It’s a good thing the cube is all nice and shined now because the neighbors are getting high class: Kmart, Chase, Starbucks x 2 [or 3 or 4—ed.], and soon Walgreens,” the tipster wrote.

Don’t forget the Mud Truck, parked across the street near the entrance to the uptown 6 train. Note to rich people who actually buy in the Sculpture for Living: It’s some of the best coffee downtown, even if it looks like a bunch of overgrown teens listening to Jimmy Cliff on an old boombox aren’t the people to buy your coffee from.

– Tom McGeveran

Sculpture for Living, Dying in Cooper Square