Early Afternoon Update

Architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable wades into the debate on the redesign of 2 Columbus Circle and finds it hyperbolic: “Real issues were abandoned for the elevation of feeling over reason and a win-at-any-cost mentality. The invention of instant mythologies fed the studious evasion of unwelcome facts. It was an unworthy performance that did little credit to anyone who cares about preservation and can only serve as an object lesson of how not to go about it.” [WSJ]

Here’s a tip: Restaurant jobs are disappearing nationwide underneath the parsimonious habits of strapped consumers. [WSJ]

Home Depot pulls out of an anchor lease at a new Rego Park mall that Vornado’s building. [Real Estate Weekly]

Early Afternoon Update