Today I got the sad news that the venerable old Astor Place newsstand has been replaced by a regulation glass box.
I went by to investigate and chatted with a guy who works the newsstand. "It looks just like that building," I said to him, pointing to the glassy green monster condo looming behind us.
He nodded and said, "It's supposed to."
the box is yet another billboard
He added that soon everything is going to look like this. Then he dropped the following bomb: Cooper Union, he said, plans to move its Engineering School to their new building going up on 7th St and 3rd Ave and then they're going to tear down the low-rise brick Engineering building on Astor Place and replace it with, you guessed it, another glassy high-rise. Maybe a hotel.
I'd like to say this is just a rumor, but it sure sounds plausible. When is this going to end?
astor place stand a couple weeks ago,
asking the question on many minds